Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Tuesday arrested two officials of the Defence Accounts Department for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 for release of payment to a contractor.
Riyaz Ahmad Wani, a multi-tasking staff officer, and senior accounts officer Hira Lal Dhar were arrested by the trap team of ACB on the basis of a case FIR No. 24/2021 U/S 7 PC Act 1988 & 120-B IPC registered against them in Police Station ACB Srinagar, an ACB spokesperson said.
Giving more details about the case, he said, ACB received a complaint from a contractor alleging that his payment was being withheld despite completion of the maintenance work under sadbhavana project.
“The file regarding release of payment for the work done was pending with Hira Lal Dhar. The officer was demanding Rs. 5000/- as bribe for passing the file/release of payment due to the complainant through his Multi Tasking Staff (MTS) officer namely Riyaz Ahmad,” he said.
He said after filing a case, an ACB team laid a successful trap and during the process caught the accused Riyaz Ahmad Wani while demanding and accepting a bribe amount of Rs. 5000/- from the complainant.
“The amount of bribe was also recovered on the spot in presence of an independent witness. The accused Riyaz Ahmad Wani was arrested on spot and from personal search an amount of Rs. 1, 01,425/- was also recovered. Later Hira Lal Dhar, Deputy IFA was also taken in custody,” he said, adding that the further investigation in the case is going on.
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