Corruption Cases: 453 References Pending

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SRINAGAR — The Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) P L Gupta Tuesday expressed anguish over delay in disposing off the enquiries entrusted to District Vigilance Officers by the State Vigilance Commission and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

He was chairing a meeting to review the status of cases pending with the District Vigilance Officers of Kashmir Division.

Vigilance Commissioners Gazzanfer Hussain and Hilal Ahmad Parray and Director of Anti-Corruption Bureau Anand Jain participated in the meeting.

“It was also conveyed that the nature of disposal and quality of reports furnished in some cases was not satisfactory. The Commission was informed that 409 references of Anti-Corruption Bureau referred to the Deputy Commissioners / Additional Deputy Commissioners were pending disposal whereas, 44 references from State Vigilance Commission where abuse of official position was reflected and enquiry was ordered through District Vigilance Officers were pending with the District Vigilance Officers viz. Additional Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division,” an official spokesperson said.

“It also transpired that the enquiries were pending for want of attendance of complainants or spot visits by the Enquiry officers,” the spokesperson said.

The Commission also expressed concern at large number of pending appeals arising out of alleged illegal mutations done by field revenue officials for considerations, other than merit.

“The Additional Deputy Commissioners were advised to ensure expeditious disposal of such cases as well so that faith reposed by a common man in the senior Revenue officers for rectification of wrongs done at cut-off levels, was maintained. The District Vigilance Officers briefed the Commission about some practical problems being faced by them and it was decided that some of the genuine concerns would be brought to the notice of the Government for appropriate action.”

 WhatsApp helpline to report corruption, bribery

 J&K Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has launched call & WhatsApp helpline number—

 9419678060— on which the citizens can register complaints regarding bribery and corruption.

“ The motive of the ACB behind the announcing a WhatsApp and call helpline is to encourage citizens to report cases of corruption and bribe demands,” according to a statement.

 “While launching the helpline of Anti Corruption Bureau in Srinagar, Anand Jain, IPS, Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau said that WhatsApp has become a very popular medium of communication and people are more comfortable using WhatsApp. Moreover, WhatsApp will also enable the complainant to post picture and videos of any complaints through electronic medium in real time basis,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft body on Tuesday produced Challan against the officials of the Revenue Department.

The ACB statement said,“Today on 25-06-2019, Anti-Corruption Bureau Kashmir presented charge sheet (Challan) in Case FIR No. 27/2014 P/A ACB U/S 5(1) (d) P.C Act, Svt. 2006 r/w 5(2) and Sec. 4-A (Amendment Act) 2014, and Sec. 120-B, 468 RPC against Ghulam Nabi Wani then Naib Tehsildar Lar, Ghulam Mohammad Ganie then Patwari Safapora, Ghulam Ali Malla then Naib Tehsildar Sonawari, Mohammad Shafi Khanday then patwari Halqa Safapora on the allegations that the above mentioned accused have fraudulently attested/ prepared 9 mutations with regard to land at Gulwantand Safapora exceeding the sealing limit, and made insertions in the revenue records and have received the monetary gratifications from the beneficiaries.”

 


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