Corrupt forest official jailed for 1 year

Srinagar:  The Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir Srinagar convicted one Firdous Ahmad Bhat, the then Jr. Assistant, DFO Office Peerpanchal Division Budgam to undergo simple one year imprisonment and fine of Rs 10,000.

In 2006 case FIR No. 51/2006 under section 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act and section 161 RPC was registered against the accused in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir on receipt of a written complaint from the complainant namely Shri Mohammad Ibrahim Bhat S/o Gh. Mohammad Bhat R/o Odina Sonawari Baramullah.  On the basis of said complaint the accused Firdous Ahmad Bhat S/o Mohammad Sultan Bhat R/o New Colony Palpora Srinagar was arrested by Vigilance Organization Kashmir on the same day while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 3,000/- from the complainant.

During the course of investigation it was established that the accused official had demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs. 3,000/- from the complainant for processing/providing NOC in connection with the installation of Wooden Joinery Planner in favour of the brother of the complainant. The investigating Officer had prima facie made out a case of Criminal Misconduct against the accused Firdous Ahmad on the basis of evidence oral, documentary as well as circumstantial.

 On completion of investigation, the  charge sheet was produced against the accused before the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge Anti-corruption Kashmir by vigilance Organization on 24-05-2007 and on conclusion of the trial the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge Anti-corruption Kashmir Srinagar found the accused guilty and convicted the accused to undergo simple 01 year imprisonment for the commission of offence under section 5(2)  J&K P.C Act and fine of Rs. 10000/- for commission of offence under section 161 RPC. The accused was also ordered to undergo further imprisonment of three months in default of payment of fine. The case was ably and successfully prosecuted by the Senior Prosecuting Officers of Anti Corruption Court. The accused was taken into custody on the spot and sent to Central Jail Srinagar. (CNS)

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