ACB Files Charges Against Ex-Chief Engineer, Wife

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Srinagar: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday produced charge-sheet against a former Chief Engineer, his wife and sister-in-law in a disproportionate assets case.

According to an ACB spokesperson, charge-sheet in case FIR No 29/2018 under sections 5(1)(e) r/w 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act & 109 RPC were filed against the then Chief Engineer (CE) of Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED) Mohammad Hanif Lone for possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Charges were also filed against Lone’s wife and his sister-in-law for abetment of offences in the Court of Special Judge Anti Corruption Srinagar.

The ACB spokesperson said that during investigation, Lone was found in possession of immovable properties, including one double storey house on one kanal of land at Wanbal Rawalpora Srinagar, one double storey house on one kanal and three malras of land at Naz Colony Bandipora, one double storey house on one kanal 13 marla land at Khandyal Gurez, one flat in Tawi Apartments at Sidhra Jammu,one flat in Royal Apartments at Talab Tillo Jammu,one flat in Gulposh Apartments at Bemina Srinagar, one three storey shopping structure at Bandipora Town, three kanals of land at Mujgund Srinagar.

“The accused Chief Engineer was also found to have accumulated huge movable assets including 7 personal cars, bank balance of Rs 2.18 crore, Cash of Rs 6,58,000/-, foreign currency, LIC and Metlife Policies besides mutual funds etc,” he said.

He further said that the probe has also established that value of assets possessed by the accused Chief Engineer is hugely disproportionate (129%) to the income received by him from all sources, which constitutes an offence of criminal misconduct u/s 5(1)(e) r/w 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006.

“Investigation also revealed that wife and sister-in-law of the accused have facilitated him in raising the assets from money earned through corrupt practices by allowing to invest clandestinely in different properties in their names, which tantamount to the offence of abetment u/s 109 RPC r/w J&K 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006 against them,” the Bureau spokesperson said.

“All the three accused were produced in Anti Corruption Court Srinagar and charge-sheet was filed against them, after the government accorded sanction for prosecution. Next date has been fixed on March 1, 2021,” he added.

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