ACB Books Revenue Officials On Corruption Charges  


SRINAGAR — The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday regis­tered a case against several rev­enue officials including a former assistant commissioner revenue (ACR)) in a corruption case dat­ing back to 2015 in Samba dis­trict of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. A case under vari­ous sections of prevention of corruption act and Ranbir Penal Code was registered against rev­enue officers – Sonu Pargal, then ACR Samba, Raghubir Sharma, then Naib Tehsildar Ghagwal and others, a spokesman of the ACB said here.

He said the case was regis­tered on the basis of verifica­tion conducted pursuant to a written complaint lodged by Amit Mahajan regarding alle­gation of corruption done by Pargal and Sharma during 2015.

“Verification conducted re­vealed that Pargal and Sharma under a well designed plan and abuse of their official posi­tions demanded and accepted the bribe amounting to Rs 1.95 crores and Rs 38.50 lakhs re­spectively from the father of complainant for acquisition of land measuring over 495 ka­nals (24.75 hectares) at village Sungawali belonging to the complainant and his brother for BSF at enhanced rates of compensation at the rate of Rs 10 lakhs per kanal instead of actual cost of Rs 4.80 lakhs per Kanal,” the spokesman said.

However, after refusal by the BSF authorities, the acquisi­tion proceedings could not be matured with respect to the land of the complainant, the spokesman said. While Pargal returned the bribe money to the complainant but Sharma did not, the spokesman said.

“On the prima-facie estab­lishment of allegations, ACB registered a formal case under relevant section of law and also conducted simultaneous raids with the help of local police and magistrates at the residences and office of ac­cused persons in presence of independent witnesses,” the spokesman said. During the process, he said all relevant record and suspicious docu­ments were seized on the spot.

“Detailed and in-depth scru­tiny of the seized record will be carried out during further course of investigation.



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