Srinagar- The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Saturday arrested an engineer and a works supervisor of the R&B Electric Division North, Baramulla for allegedly demanding a bribe.
The anti-graft body received a complaint from a contractor alleging that Mukhtiar Ahmad Joo in-charge Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) and Reyaz Ahmad Peer, a works Supervisor posted in R&B Electric Sub Division North (Baramulla) were demanding bribe for releasing his payment, an ACB spokesperson said Saturday.
“He had completed work of Fixing of Internal Electrification with Main Control Panel and Service Line to 10 roomed double storey building at HS Busgran Uri, District Baramulla, received by him vide No R&B/3798-3803 Dtd: 18/11/2021 at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,14,720 on tender basis,” he said.
According to the spokesperson, the complainant completed the whole work within the stipulated period and handed over the same to the concerned Division.
But unfortunately, he said, the In-charge AEE was demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 for releasing the final payment.
He further said that the complaint was discreetly verified and it was found that the two officials were demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 and Rs5000 respectively from the complainant for processing his case for final payments.
“The allegations of demand of bribe by these public servants were found to be prima facie true,” he added.
On the basis of findings and recommendations of the Enquiry Officer, the spokesperson said that a case FIR No 20/2022 was registered in PS ACB Baramulla U/s 7 of the P.C Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) and section 120-B IPC against both accused public servants for demand of bribe and investigations started.
“Immediately after registration of the case a tap team was constituted. The team caught both accused red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe from the complainant. Both of them both were arrested after completing all legal formalities,” he said, adding that further investigations are going on.
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