ACB Arrests Former CAO, AEO Budgam

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Srinagar: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday said that the former Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) and Agriculture Extension Officer (AEO) Budgam were arrested for alleged misappropriation in government funds.

The ACB said that during the investigation in a case under FIR number 02/2018 P/S ACB Anti-Corruption Bureau Kashmir arrested accused identified as Nissar Ahmad Sheikh, then Chief Agriculture Officer Budgam and Gh. Rasool Bhat, the then Agriculture Extension Officer Budgam.

“The instant case was registered in this Bureau on the directions of erstwhile State Vigilance Commission J&K where under this Bureau was directed to investigate the alleged misappropriation in Govt funds by Chief Agriculture Officer Budgam while his posting in District Budgam,” the statement added.

The statement added that various awareness training camps in District Budgam for farmers on papers were organized during the year 2016-2017 under Central Govt. Sponsored Scheme “NAMET”.

“It was established during investigation, no such training camps were organized and bills to the tune of Rs. 21 lakh on this count were drawn from the Govt. treasury. It caused huge loss to the State Exchequer on account of misappropriation of funds,” the statement said, adding that to proceed further into the investigation, the accused mentioned above were arrested to unearth the modus operandi of siphoning of government funds.

“Further investigation in the case is going on,” the ACB said

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