PDD Official, 157 Others Charged In Rs 7.25 Cr Scam

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Srinagar: The Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against a Senior Assistant in Power Development Department (PDD) and 112 others in a staggering Rs 7.25 crore scam.

A chargesheet was filed against Mushtaq Ahmad Malik, the then Senior Assistant in Power Development Department, Division Sumbal, Bandipora and 112 other accused officials of PDD, Finance, J&K Bank and 45 fake employees in a case FIR No 25/2018 U/S 420, 409, 467, 468, 471,120-B, 201-RPC r/w 5(2) PC Act, registered in 2018 after a preliminary verification, a Crime Branch spokesperson said.

During the course of investigation, the CB spokesperson said, it has been established that the prime accused Mushtaq Ahmad Malik along with other accused officials have misappropriated an amount of over Rs7.25 crores by adopting modus operandi of drawl of illegal salary of 2 non-existent employees, illegal regular salary of 5 retired employees and drawl of illegal arrears in respect of 301 PDD employees.

“Besides, the accused person Mushtaq Ahmad Malik in criminal conspiracy with other officers/ officials of PDD appointed 45 employees by preparing their fake service books on the production of fake appointment orders. The illegal salary drawn by these fake employees from the year 2003, amounts to more than 7.41 crores,” he said.

Therefore, the CB spokesperson said, it has been established that the accused persons in criminal conspiracy with one another and by abuse of their official positions have embezzled a total amount of more than 14.72 crores.

“However, during the course of investigation, an amount of Rs. 5.17 crores was recovered from the possession of the prime accused Mushtaq Ahmad Malik, and remitted in the Government treasury on the basis of order issued by the Hon’ble Court of Anti Corruption Judge, Srinagar,” he added.

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