3 mins read

Funds misappropriation: Former MC Thanamandi president,  others booked

March 28, 2024
ACB 1 1

Srinagar, Mar 27: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday said to have registered a case against the then President, two officials of the Municipal Committee, Thanamandi, and others for misappropriation of funds.

In a statement, ACB said the agency registered a case under FIR number  01/2024 at Police Station ACB Rajouri under section 5(1)(c) )(d) r/w section 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Svt. 2006 and section 120-B RPC against Shakeel Ahmed Mir, then President Municipal Committee Thanamandi, Mushtaq Ahmed, then Executive Officer, Riyaz Ahmed, then Storekeeper and other officers/officials of Municipal Committee Thanamandi as well as against Proprietor of M/s Gouri Sales Agencies and others.

“The instant case was registered on the outcome of verification conducted by ACB into the allegations that Municipal Committee Thanamandi, Rajouri invited tenders for installation of street lights in the limits of Municipal Committee vide number MC/T/19/193-97 dated 06-03-2019 worth lakhs of rupees for specific brands as well as specifications i.e., Havells, Syska or Philips with two years guarantee/replacement, but the concerned Executive Officer, by abuse of his official position, connived with supplier firm and accepted supply of LED bulbs of very inferior quality instead of quoted brands,” the statement added.

During verification, it surfaced that President Municipal Committee Thanamandi Rajouri invited tender notice vide number MC/T/19/193-97 dated 06-03-2019 for the purchase of street lights having specific brands mentioned above. As per the record, 100 streetlights 60 watt, Mos-Lites, were received from M/S Gouri Sales Agencies in Municipal Committee Thanamandi instead of the prescribed brand i.e., Syska/Havells/Philips, the statement said.

“The same was found entered in the receipt register without mentioning of date of receipt as well as the brand. Out of said 100 street lights, only 42 lights were identified by staff of Municipal Committee Thanamandi, whereas 58 lights could not be traced. These lights were also found purchased at exorbitant rates,” it added.

The verification conducted further revealed that Mushtaq Ahmed, then Executive Officer Municipal Committee Thanamandi, without initiation of any tendering process issued another supply order vide No. MC/T/2019/108A dated 16-05-2019 to said M/S Gouri Sales Agencies for the purchase of 150 LED street lights of 45 watts, 150 LED bulbs of 40 watts, etc. on the rates already approved by Municipal Committee Thanamandi for the year 2018-19., it said.

“However, no such LED street lights & LED bulbs, etc. so purchased through the said supply order, were found received in Municipal Committee Thanamandi. In this regard, no record has been concerning the receipt/issuance of such lights and bulbs. But bills against such purchases stand endorsed by Riyaz Ahmed, then Storekeeper of Municipal Committee Thanamandi. It also surfaced that Shakeel Ahmed Mir then President, Mushtaq Ahmed then Executive Officer, Riyaz Ahmed then Storekeeper and other officers/officials of Municipal Committee Thanamandi, abused their official positions and instead of a criminal conspiracy hatched among themselves as well as the Proprietor of M/S Gouri Sales Agencies (supplier firm), released full payment of amount against LED Street lights and LED bulbs purported to be purchased/supplied vide tender notice No. MC/T/19/193-97 dated 06-03-2019 and supply order No. MC/T/2019/108A dated 16-05-2019,” it added.

“By acting in this manner, the above-named public servants and others misappropriated/embezzled Govt. money just to confer undue pecuniary benefits to them as well as supplier with corresponding loss to Govt. exchequer on account of LED street lights purchased on exorbitant rates as well as loss on account of non-existent LED street lights and LED Bulbs which came upto Rs 5,96,870/- (approx),” the statement said.

The aforementioned facts constitute the commission of offences punishable under section 5(1)(c)(d) r/w 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act, Svt. 2006 & section 120-B RPC against 1) Shakeel Ahmed Mir, then President, Municipal Committee Thanamandi Rajouri S/o Abdul Aziz Mir R/o Ward No. 07 Thanamandi Rajouri 2) Mushtaq Ahmed, then Executive Officer, Municipal Committee Thanamandi Rajouri (now EO MC Doda) S/o Lal Hussain R/o Fatehpur Tehsil & District Rajouri 3) Riyaz Ahmed, then I/C Sanitary Inspector (Storekeeper) Municipal Committee Thanamandi Rajouri, now posted as Supervisor in MC Doda S/o Amroo R/o Ward No. 07 Rajouri, other officers/officials of Municipal Committee Thanamandi as well as Proprietor of M/s Gouri Sales Agencies and others.

Anti-Corruption Bureau after registration of a case under relevant sections of law, also conducted searches with the help of local police/ magistrates/ independent witnesses at residences of above named accused public servants situated in District Rajouri, the statement said, adding that further investigation in the case is going on.

Discover more from The Kashmir Monitor

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

Don't miss a beat! The Kashmir Monitor delivers the latest Kashmir news, sports highlights from every league, political updates, entertainment buzz, and tech innovations happening right now.
Avatar of

A Newspaper company in Kashmir

Leave a Reply