ACB Arrests Clerk For Taking Bribe

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Srinagar- The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested a government employee for demanding and accepting bribe for issuing Schedule Tribe Certificate to a person in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The anti-graft body received a complaint alleging that Layaqat Raheem Poswal, working as clerk in the office of Naib Tehsildar, Aharbal, Kulgam, was demanding Rs 7,000 from the complainant for issuance of Schedule Tribe Certificate, an ACB spokesperson said Tuesday.

The complainant, he said, had already paid Rs 3500 to Poswal, who was appointed as Class-IV employee.

“The accused clerk was demanding remaining money of Rs3,500 from him. On this the complainant approached ACB for taking necessary legal action,” he said.

Upon receiving the instant complaint, the ACB spokesperson said that prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out and consequently, case FIR No. 06/2022 was registered in PS ACB Anantnag and investigation taken-up.

During the course of investigation, he said, a team was constituted that laid a trap and caught Poswal red handed while demanding and accepting bribe from the complainant.

“He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses. Further investigation into the case is on,” the Bureau spokesperson added.

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