Vigilance dept turns deaf ear to audio clip of officials talking corruption

Vigilance dept turns deaf ear to audio clip of officials talking corruption

SSP says no concern with the case

Srinagar: The Vigilance Organisation Kashmir has refused to probe into an audio clip of a purported conversation between two officials – an officer telling his subordinate that he will close down the case registered against him in Vigilance Organisation in exchange of Rs 10 lakh.
A Jammu-based daily reported the conversation and it is being said that one of the voices in the audio clip is of the Managing Director of J&K Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC), Daleep Thusu, who has termed the audio clip as “fabricated and mischief”.
“I never had any such conversation. It’s just a mischief by someone with an intention to malign my image. It’s not my voice even. We are trying to ascertain who has done it,” Thusu told Kashmir Reader.
As per the report in the Jammu-based daily, the case registered at VOK involves bulk purchase of cement and furniture by the JKPCC through the Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP).
Senior Superintendent of Police, VOK, Sheikh Faisal Qayoom said that they won’t take any action as “no one has approached VOK with any such complaint”.
“Let the department, to which these officials belong, identify these people and punish them. Or the police can register a case against and investigate the matter. We don’t have any concern with the case,” he said, refusing to entertain a newspaper report as the basis to lodge an FIR.
The audio clip begins with the senior official expressing his displeasure over easy-going on an “assignment” given by him to his subordinate, probably about the closure of the case. The subordinate in reply says that he talked to the Investigating Officer of the corruption case involving SICOP, through a close contact.
“The Investigating Officer told me that since the case involves transaction between government (corporation) to government (SICOP), so the case doesn’t have a sound base,” the subordinate tells his senior.
The senior officer in reply says that he (subordinate) should not take the Investigating Officer’s statement at face value. “I have managed a top-level person through a contact from Srinagar. He is a highly-influential person,” the senior official says.
He goes on to say, “Its importance (of the SICOP case) has been reduced because I have talked to madam one-to-one, directly. You collect some money so that I pay the top man,” the officer is heard saying. The subordinate then asks how much money they have to manage. “Rs 5 lakh is enough?” the subordinate enquires.
The senior officer replies, “You take the lead and collect Rs 5 lakh, and rest Rs 5 lakh will be collected from Srinagar.”
The subordinate can be heard saying in the clip that by any which way, he wants the closure of the case.

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