Anti-graft bodies file FIRs against officials

SRINAGAR: Vigilance Organization Kashmir on Wednesday registered an FIR No 32/2018 U/S 5(1)(c), 5(1) (d), r/w 5(2) P.C Act Svt; 2006 and Section,468,471, 120-B RPC.
Giving details, a Vigilance Organization spokesman said that the registration of the instant case is the outcome of a verification conducted by this organization which looked into the allegations of Fraud/embezzlement in scholarship funds of Pahari speaking/Gujjar Bakerwal students in education department zone Tangdhar of District Kupwara during the financial year 2010-11.
The enquiry revealed that during the Year 2010-11, ZEO Tangdhar by abusing his official position in connivance with dealing clerks of ZEO Office Tangdhar & others, under a well-knit conspiracy have fraudulently inflated the figures of beneficiary students and thus obtained the excess funds from CEO Kupwara on account of Gujjar Bakerwal & Pahari speaking student scholarships, and later on by fraudulently inserting fake / fictitious names of non-existing students in the acquaintance rolls maintained with regard to disbursement of scholarship funds , have withdrawn the said excess amount and misappropriated the same thereby causing loss to state exchequer against wrongful gain among themselves.
The enquiry has further revealed that during the period 2010-11 scholarship funds have been disbursed fraudulently under a well-knit conspiracy by the then ZEO Tangdhar Mohammad Ashraf Bhat and concerned dealing clerk namely, Mohammad Ashraf Poswal, Sr. Assistant & others.
Accordingly, a case has been registered in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir and the Investigation of the case is going on.
Meanwhile a Crime Branch Kashmir said that they lodged an FIR against ZEO Langate, Contractor and a teacher of Primary School Hampora Kralgund Kupwara for embezzling school building funds case.
“Pursuant to a complaint, it was found that a school building was sanctioned for construction at an estimated cost of Rs. 4.40 lakhs, under SSA scheme for Village Hampora Kralgund, and the work was allotted to a local contractor.
“An amount of Rs. 3.71 lakh was released, but the school building does not exist anywhere in Hampora village. Besides, construction of a school building kitchen and toilet facility was also approved for Rs 6.32 lakh in the village Hampora Kralgund, but on ground, only school building exists, whereas kitchen block, toilet and ramp have not been constructed,” a statement of the Crime Branch said.
It was also found that an amount of Rs. 573592 was released by ZEO Langate through various cheques and an amount of Rs. 63592 have been shown to have been released in favour of DFO Langate for supply of timber which was negated by the DFO, the statement added.
“The ZEO Langate in connivance with contractor and the teacher of Primary School Langate 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,” the statement said.
Accordingly, FIR No. 43/2018 U/S 420,120-B RPC r/w 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the culprits.
A Government spokesperson also said that an official was convicted on Wednesday of corruption charge at the court of Anti-Corruption Judge, Srinagar, Ravinder Nath Wattal.
The official was accused of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs3000 from a person for processing his file regarding providing of a pathway.
The court sentenced the accused to undergo one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs.15000 under the Prevention of Corruption Act and six months imprisonment and a fine of Rs.2500 under Section 161 RPC.