Two officers arrested on graft charges

Two officers arrested on graft charges

More under scanner

Srinagar: Two officers were arrested by state vigilance organisation (VO) on Tuesday while several others are under scanner in graft cases.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader several arrests would be made in the coming days as questioning of several officers accused in corruption cases are currently on.
Several former bureaucrats are being probed for their involvement in some corruption cases. On Wednesday while two officers were arrested, a former bureaucrat was questioned by the organisation.
On Tuesday, the organisation arrested Chief Executive Office (CEO) Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JKEDA), Shafat Sultan in Solar Home Lighting Systems (HSL) scam. In 2009-2010, Shafat as the then CEO was accused of bungling while purchasing solar lighting systems. According to the charge sheet, he purchashed the lighting system at higher rates incurring heavy losses to the state exchequer.
“He has placed supply order for procurement of 6872 Nos. of SHLs from BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) at exorbitant rates despite cheaper options were available,” said VO.
The investigations revealed that the order for HSL’s was made only when the five days were remaining in the expiry of the contract in which the quotation price was less for the purchase of HSL’s then the price they were ordered.
“Sultan deliberately placed the order to BEL at higher rates which caused the loss of Rs. 1493/- per unit on the purchase of 6872 units of SHLs which incurred the 6total loss of Rs. 1, 02, 59,896,” it said adding further investigations are on in the case.
Also, the anti-graft body arrested deputy superintendent of police (JKAP 13th Bn) Shah Skinder Khan from Jammu. Khan the then enforcement officer lakes and water development authority is involved in three cases. They include abuse of official position and accumulation of disproportionate assets.

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