Accused SMC officials sent in 7 day remand

By Nusrat Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A special anti-corruption court in Srinagar Thursday rejected the bail application of two accused officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), arrested a day earlier, and sent them to remand for seven days.
Shakeel Ahmad Sheikh, and Muhammad Yousuf Qazi then ward officers in the SMC, are accused of misusing their official powers, in connivance with beneficiaries, to allow raising of illegal construction in Ward No. 28 (Batamaloo) of Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
Four more accused SMC officials, are evading the arrest and applied for anticipatory bail through their counsel in the court on Thursday, under Section 438 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
They are Irfan Hussain Mir, Senior Building Inspector, Aijaz Ahmed Thakur, Building Inspector, Nisar Ahmed Azad, Building Inspector, Showket Ahmed Zargar, Rtd. Senior Building Officer.
The court also directed the Vigilance Organisation of Kashmir (VOK) to take up further investigations while the accused are to be produced before the court after seven days.
According to a Vigilance spokesperson, the officials have abused of their positions to facilitate illegal and unauthorized constructions in Firdous Abad, Moomin Abad, Maharajipora Tengpora Bypass and Court Road Areas.
“The omissions/commissions on the part of above Public servants attracts provisions of offence u/s 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006, Sections 120-B and section 109 RPC, and accordingly a Case FIR No. 05/2017 P/S VOK was registered on 21/02/2017.”
A police official at Shaheedgunj police station said, “We are investigating the matter and are trying to get the four accused also under custody.”