VOK registers FIR’s against Xen’s, clerical staff of PHE dept

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Srinagar: Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) on Saturday registered a corruption case against Executive Engineer and Assistant Executive Engineer for misappropriation of huge funds in Water Supply Scheme Nowgamnard Saskhundan.
Vigilance organization statement said: “During the course of verification, it has been revealed that a sum of Rs. 185 lacs have been spent on the Water Supply Scheme Nowgamnard Saskhundan meant for the supply of potable drinking water to consumers, but scheme could not take off due to its faulty design. The verification further revealed that the work on the water supply scheme has been executed in gross violation of initial DPR as the then Executive Engineer Sham Lal Kapoor and Assistant Executive Engineer Mukhtar Ahmad Dar have not adhered to requisite specifications and dimensions of the pipes during the execution of scheme as the pipeline on test check could not withstand heavy water pressure,” statement said.
The statement added that the officers have deliberately and with dishonest intention ignored alignment fixed as per DPR and dimensions of pipes during execution of work and consequently amount of Rs. 185 lacs is a wasteful expenditure and resultant loss to the state exchequer.
The statement further added, “a Case FIR No. 11/2018 under section 5(1) (d) of J&K P.C. Act, Svt; 2006 read with section 5 (2) of J&K P.C. Act Svt; 2006 and Section 120-B RPC was registered in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir against accused persons – Sham Lal Kapoor the then Executive Engineer Son of Om Prakash Resident of Reasi District Udhampur presently Patoli Jammu and Assistant Executive Engineer Mukhtar Ahmad Dar son of Mohammad Afzal Dar resident of Zuhamna Khandipora Budgam,” statement reads.
The statement also said that documents of movable and immovable properties were recovered during the searches carried out at their residential and office premises and have been put to further scrutiny.
Meanwhile Vigilance organisation Kashmir also said that an FIR was also registered against the officials of PHE division Bandipora for misappropriation of funds.
A statement said that during the verification conducted into the allegations that the officials of PHE Division Bandipora during the financial year 2011-12 made purchases for store viz G.I Pipes, QCC pipes, TAR Steel, Union GI pipe, etc. worth crores of rupees and most of the items were embezzled by the storekeeper Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, Sr. Assistant AEE stores, AAO, Stock Asstt, bill Clerk and others in connivance with each other.
During enquiry number of items was found less in quantity and consequently loss of Rs. 65, 11,039 has been found so far on account of missing items, the statement added.
The statement also said that during the course of the enquiry, it has also been found that the storekeeper Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, who was also the custodian of records under a well-knit criminal conspiracy hatched with other officers/officials of PHE Division Bandipora have dishonestly and fraudulently caused huge loss to the state exchequer.
A Case has been registered in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir and accordingly the investigation of the case is going on, the statement reads.