Srinagar- The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Monday arrested two revenue officials for demanding Rs 5 lakh bribe to allow traders to run their business on Nazool land transferred in their favour under the now scrapped Roshni Act.
The ACB received a written complaint alleging that Mohammad Younis, Tehsildar and Gh. Rasool Hajam, Naib-Tehsildar of Tehsil Office Shalteng were demanding Rs 5 lakh as bribe for allowing the complainants to run their business on Nazool land transferred in their favour under Roshni Act, at Rampur, Chattabal Srinagar, while the matter is sub-judice and pending disposal before the Court of law, a Bureau spokesperson said Monday.
The complainants, he said, alleged that the revenue officials settled that the amount of bribe to be paid in installments, the first installment being Rs 2 lakh
“However, before paying the bribe amount to the accused persons, the complainants approached Anti Corruption Bureau for taking legal action against the accused public servants under law,” he added.
On the basis of complaint, the spokesperson said that a case FIR No. 29/2022 U/S 7 PC Act 1988 r/w 120-B IPC was registered in this Bureau and investigation was taken up. During the course of investigation a trap team was constituted.
“The team laid a successful trap and caught red-handed Gh. Rasool Hajam, Naib Tehsildar, Shalteng while demanding and accepting the bribe amount of ₹2 lakh from the complainant as first installment of Rs5 lakh. The bribe money was recovered from the possession of the accused Naib Tehsildar, Batmaloo in presence of independent witness. Mohammad Younis Bangroo, Tehsildar Shalteng was also arrested by the ACB team,” he said.
Later, he said that the searches were carried out at the residences and official quarters of the alleged accused Public Servants, subsequent to the searches at Tehsil office, Shalteng.
“Further investigation into the case is going on,” the spokesperson added.
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