Vigilance registers case against forest guard for ‘amassing huge property’

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SRINAGAR: Vigilance Organization has registered a formal case against a forest guard who it said had acquired huge moveable and immovable property disproportionate to his known sources of income.
An official statement issued here said Vigilance registered a case against Rakesh Sabharwal @ Bittu Guard son of Sat Pal resident of Chainpur Kalakote, Rajouri vide FIR No. 23/2018 U/S 5 (1) (e) read with section 5 (2) Prevention of Corruption Act Svt. 2006, on the basis of verification conducted into the allegations that the suspect serving in forest department as guard has acquired huge moveable and immovable property disproportionate to his known sources of income.
“During verification, it surfaced that suspect has accumulated various immovable as well as movable assets in the form of land at Kalakote, land/house at Jammu, large number of vehicles involving huge expenditure. Further, the accused has made huge investments in LIC of India in the name of his family members etc.,” the statement said.
Vigilance Organization said that on the prima-facie establishment of allegations, it registered a formal case under relevant section of law and also conducted a raid with the help of local police/magistrates at the residence of accused person in Jammu in presence of independent witnesses.
“Documents pertaining to various immovable properties acquired by accused public servant were also recovered and seized. Further details of moveable property have been obtained,” the VO said. “Detailed and in-depth scrutiny of the seized record will be carried out during further course of investigation.”