PWD Engineer Lands In ACB Net

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Srinagar- The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Friday arrested an Executive Engineer of public works department for demanding and accepting a bribe from a contractor in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Farooq Ahmad Dar, Executive Engineer PWD (R&B), Special Sub Division, Gurez was arrested by the sleuths of the anti-graft body on the basis of a complaint alleging that he was demanding Rs 15000 bribe for releasing payment to a contractor.

According to an ACB spokesperson, the complainant had stated that his father was awarded the contract for the construction of five room Govt Primary school building at Dassi-B Bagtore Gurez shifted to Izmarg Gurez vide allotment dated 10.11.2017 and agreement dated 11 of 2018.

The spokesperson said that after completing the work, some payments was released by the department to the contractor.

“However, for releasing the final payments Executive Engineer PWD (R&B), Special Sub Division, Gurez namely Farooq Ahmad Dar was demanding Rs15000 as his commission for releasing the final payment,” he said.

The complainant, he said, approached the ACB and requested for taking necessary legal action against the accused Public servant for demanding bribe.

“On receipt of the complaint, prima facie offences u/s 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) were made out against the alleged accused Executive Engineer PWD (R&B),” the spokesperson said.

Accordingly, he said, a case FIR No. 25/2022 was registered at Police Station ACB Baramulla U/S 7 of the PC Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) against above mentioned accused person and investigations were started.

“Immediately after registration of the case a trap team headed by DySP rank officer and independent witnesses was constituted. The team caught the accused red handed while demanding & accepting bribe of Rs15000 from the complainant at Gurez and he was arrested on spot after completing all legal formalities for further questioning and ascertaining the role other persons. Searches were also conducted at the residence of the accused,” the spokesperson said, adding further investigations are going on. (ONS)

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