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In Kashmir’s Doodpathri, Govt officers made money by ‘faking bikes as sumos’

Srinagar: The J&K Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Wednesday said it has produced the chargesheet against Mohammad Dilawar, a former officer-Incharge Doodpathri Development Authority and others for fraudulent drawal of bills for hiring of vehicles

An ACB spokesperson said that the Bureau produced the charge-sheet (in Case FIR No. 11/2013 P/S VOK (now ACB), under section 5(1) d r/w 5(2) P.C Act. Svt.2006 of J&K PC (Amendment) ACT 2014, r/w sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120–B, RPC) against Mohammad Dilawar the then Incharge Doodpathri Development Authority (now retired), Ghulam Rasool Lone the then Supervisory Officer Doodhpathri  (now retired), Ghulam Mohammad Thokar, the then Supervisory Officer Doodhpathri (now retired) before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Court Srinagar.

 

The instant case, the spokesperson said, was registered by ACB on the outcome of a verification on the allegations that accused Officers of Doodpathri Development Authority, had “drawn an amount of Rs 10 lakh for various works which included Rs 1 lakh on account of hiring of cabs (Sumos) for conducting inspection of works and bulk of the amount was misappropriated.”

“During the course of investigation it revealed that with regard to the embezzlement on account of the hiring of vehicles by the officers of Doodhpathri Development Authority at different occasions, the particulars of the vehicles were obtained from concerned RTOs and it transpired that except two vehicles, the registration numbers of all other vehicles claimed to be Sumo vehicles hired by the officers of Doodhpathri Dev Authority as mentioned in their records were actually not sumo vehicles but Motorcycles, cars and tractors,” the spokesperson said.

It was also revealed that the bills/receipts on the accounts were prepared by the officers fraudulently by abusing their official position and causing a wrongful loss to the state exchequer on account of hiring of Sumos, the ACB said.

“The accused persons were presented before the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, Srinagar, for further legal action. The case is next listed for 6-3-2021,” the spokesperson said.