Vigilance Nets Former Local Bodies Chief

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SRINAGAR: The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) Tuesday ordered registration of preliminary enquiry against Shameem Ahmad Laharwal, the former Director Local Bodies Kashmir for “abusing his official position that led to huge loss to the State Exchequer”.

Acting on a complaint, the Commission has found that Laharwal while finalizing contract for Octroi Post at Budgam rejected the recommendations of the then Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, Budgam for awarding contract to Ayaz Ahmad Parray who emerged as successful bidder and offered highest bid of Rs 31.13 lacs for managing the Octroi Post at Budgam for the year 2012-13, said Addl Secretary SVC Srinagar.

“The respondent arbitrarily changed the procedure of allotment and offered the same contract to Ali Mohammad Sheikh for an amount of Rs 18.39 lacs. The respondent also placed various subordinate officials under suspension arbitrarily from time to time and reinstated them within days without justifiable reasons.”

Accordingly, the Commission has ordered for registration of regular preliminary enquiry and asked the Director Vigilance to complete the probe immediately, the official said. 

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