3-year-jail term to storekeeper in 2007 misappropriation case

3-year-jail term to storekeeper in 2007 misappropriation case
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PAMPORE: The court of judicial magistrate Pampore awarded three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 to an employee of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in an 11-year-old embezzlement case in Pulwama.
Judicial Magistrate First Class, Fozia Paul, awarded the sentence to Abdul Majid Khan, who worked as a storekeeper at Lethpora godown in 2007.
Majid along with assistant storekeeper Manzoor Ahmad Khan was accused of misappropriating more than 17 lakh empty gunny bags form the government gowdon at Lethpora in 2007.
A supervisor, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, was also later arrayed as accused in the case.
Investigation team had found a shortfall of 1771646 gunny bags, with a market value of more than one crore 24 lakh rupees from the godowns.
The judicial magistrate convicted Majid for the offence, but remarked the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against other two accused, who were accordingly acquitted.
Passing the judgement the court recorded that endeavour should be to combat corruption in all forms and at all levels, “so that this invisible enemy of the people may be defeated, paving way for socioeconomic development of the State and ultimately of the country”.