Crime Brach Kashmir books ZEO Langate, others for ’embezzlement’ of funds

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Srinagar: Crime Branch Kashmir registered a Case FIR NO. 43/2018 U/S 420,120-B RPC r/w 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act against ZEO Langate, Contractor and a teacher of Primary School Hampora Kralgund Kupwara for embezzling school building funds, a statement said on Wednesday.

As per the statement Crime Branch received a complaint from inhabitants of village Hampora Tehsil Kralgund Langate Kupwara. The complaint inter-alia reveals that a School building was sanctioned and approved for construction at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.40 lacs, under SSA scheme for Village Hampora  Kralgund, and the work was allotted to one Bashir Ahmed Malik S/O Abdul Khaliq Malik R/O  Hampora. Out of estimated cost of construction an amount of Rs. 3.71 lacs was released, but the school building does not exist anywhere in Hampora village, thereby embezzled and grabbed the Govt money. It was found that Govt. has approved/sanctioned construction of a school building kitchen, and Toilet etc for the school under SSA scheme at an estimated cost of 6.32 lacs in village Hampora Kralgund, but on ground only school building exists, whereas kitchen block, toilet and ramp have not been constructed, However, the funds allotted for the purpose have been released. It was also found that an amount of Rs. 573592.0 was released by ZEO Langate through various cheques, mostly through Ist teacher P/S Hampora. Also an amount of Rs.63592 have been shown to have ben released in favour of DFO Langate for supply of timber. But, said fact was negated by DFO Langate. The ZEO Langate, thus  in connivance with contractor and  the Teacher of Primary School Langate has resorted to misuse of  his  official Position  in a  dishonest manner, thereby caused wrongful loss to the state exchequer against a corresponding wrongful gain to themselves.

Accordingly the instant case was registered and investigation taken up, the statement said.