ACB Nabs Patwari For Accepting Bribe

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Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Wednesday arrested a revenue official for demanding and accepting a bribe in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

In a statement issued here, an ACB spokesperson said that Patwari, Ghulam Mustafa Lone of Halqa Duroo Sopore was arrested for accepting bribe for issuance of documents pertaining to inheritance.

The ACB, as per the spokesperson acted swiftly after receiving a complaint through its helpline alleging the Patwari was demanding illegal gratification for issuance of documents pertaining to transfer of ancestral land.

“The complainant alleged that the Patwari was approached by the complainant and his brothers and sisters umpteen times for documents pertaining to inheritance, but the said Patwari demanded Rs. 15000/- for issuance of these documents,” the ACB spokesperson said.

After negotiating, he said, the concerned Patwari settled for Rs. 5000 as illegal gratification.

“On the receipt of the complaint, Case FIR No. 10/2021 was registered in Police Station ACB Baramulla U/s 7 P.C ACT 1988 and investigation taken up,” it reads.

The ACB spokesperson further said that a team was constituted that laid a successful trap and caught the revenue official red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe money from the complainant.

“He was arrested and taken into custody. Further investigation into the case is going on,” he added.

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