By Majid Nabi
Srinagar- J&K government has ordered departmental enquiry and subsequent attachment of the then Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) Baramulla with the office of Divisional Commissioner (DIV-Com) Kashmir, following alleged charges of corruption and official misconduct against the official.
The directions were passed following registration of FIR No 14 of 2022 under sections 5(1)(e) r/w 5(2) of the J&K PC act and FIR No 3 of 2022 under sections 7 of PC Act, 1988, 120-B IPC registered against the then ARTO Baramulla, Mubashir Jan Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad of Gulbarg Colony, Hyderpora Srinagar at police station Anti Corruption Bureau.
The General Administrative Department (GAD) has directed the Administrative Secretary Transport Department to immediately attach the accused with Div Com Kashmir office and also initiate official enquiry against him.
The accused officer according to the order is presently looking after the charge of Assistant Transport Commissioner Kashmir.
“On consideration of the matter in the General Administrative Department, it has been observed that serious charges of corruption and official misconduct are being investigated by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) against Mubashir Jan Bhat, the then ARTO Baramulla, presently looking after the charges of Assistant Transport Commissioner (ARTO),” reads the order, copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer.
“On further consideration, the competent authority has directed that the officer shall, immediately, be shifted from his present place of posting and attachment in the office of Div Com Kashmir, besides a departmental enquiry may be initiated against the officer,” the order adds.
The order further reads that the department shall initiate a departmental enquiry against the said officer, for which necessary/supporting documents can be obtained from ACB.
Speaking to Kashmir Observer, Siraj-ud-Din, an RTI activist from Baramulla said the action against the accused officer was taken after he filed an RTI seeking details of disproportionate assets accumulated by him.
“After registration of FIR at ACB, the officer was posted as Assistant Transport Commissioner and that we vehemently objected to the move prompting authorities to issue a separate order of departmental enquiry and attachment of the accused with Div Com office,” he added.
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