HC Seeks Details Of Embezzlement Of Road Construction Funds

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SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has sought report from Vigilance Organization Srinagar as to the registration of FIR regarding embezzlement of large amounts of public funds about construction of road stretch between Sumbal to Bandipora in north Kashmir.  

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of high court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Alok Aradhe was informed that with regard to the stretch of the road between Sumbal to Bandipora, large amounts of public funds have been embezzled and that an FIR has been registered by the Vigilance Organization (Kashmir) Srinagar. 

“Let a report be called from Vigilance Organization (Kashmir) Srinagar as to the registration of the FIR; investigation thereon and as to whether the charge sheet has been filed,” the court said and ordered that a copy of the FIR be placed before it. 

“The details of the persons, who have been charge sheeted shall also be indicated in the status report,’ the court said. 

It also directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to file a status report regarding the repairs of the stretch the road between Sumbal to Bandipora. 

During the hearing a Public Interest Litigation, the counsel for the petitioner said that he shall file the status report with regard to the portions of the National Highway A1 between Banihal and Srinagar as well as the link roads which are under the management of R&B Department of the Jammu and Kashmir. “Let the status report be filed with advance copies to counsel appearing for the respondents. The status report so submitted shall be examined by the respondents and in case the conditions of the roads is as complained, the respondents shall take all necessary steps for expediting the repairs as are required,’ the court said. 

The Court also asked the counsel for the petitioner to file the consolidated reply dealing with all the related issues positively to the status of different roads by the next date of hearing, listed on September 25.  

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