Several booked for drawing flood relief against non-existent property

Several booked for drawing flood relief against non-existent property

The Crime Branch Kashmir has unearthed a case of alleged deceitful and fraudulent claim and receipt of flood relief against a non-existent property at Sonawar and charge-sheeted the accused, Saleem Mohiudin Bhat, a resident of Bonamsar, Sonawar, in a court of law.

"The accused is charged with hatching a criminal conspiracywith Basharat Ahmad Dar and Bashir Ahmad Mir (now dead), President and GeneralSecretary of Bazar Committee Bonamsar Sonawar, respectively, to "deceitfullyand fraudulently" include the name of the accused as owner of a shop washedaway by the flood of 2014, and managing sanction and drawl of relief amountingto Rs. 25,000. On the basis of record and eyewitnesses account, the prosecutionhas established that the shop against which the flood relief money was drawnand received did not exist at all and charged the accused with offencescommitted U/S 420, 468, 471, 121-B RPC. The charge sheet was produced againstthe three accused before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar forjudicial determination," the CB said in a statement.

"The prosecution has also sought legal proceedings U/S 179RPC against (1) Ab. Rashid Bhat son of Mohammad Akbar Bhat resident of HouseNo. 20, Indira Nagar Sonawar (2) Ghulam Nabi Akhoon son of Abdul Ahad Akhoon,resident of Iqbal Colony Sonawar (3) Mudasir Ahmad Lone son of Gh. MohiudinLone, resident of Zaffron Colony Pampore, and (4) Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat son ofMohammad Sultan Bhat, resident of Bonamsar Sonawar, for deposing falsestatements before the Investigating Officer and the Revenue Officials withregard to the non-existent shop. During investigation, it was also establishedthat the then Naib Tehsildar Kothibagh, Mohammad Amin, acted negligently andfiled a false report on the purported shop. The Crime Branch has recommendeddepartmental action against him vide letter No. CBK/R/2508-11 dated 8 February2019.

"Acting on a complaint received in 2016, the Crime Branchregistered Case FIR No. 61/2016 U/S 420, 468, 471, 121-B RPC and initiatedinvestigation during which it was revealed that the accused Saleem MohiuddinBhat had drawn relief money by fraudulently presenting himself as owner of ashop at Sonawar purportedly damaged due to the flood of 2014. The eyewitnessesaccount, revenue documents and Fire and Emergency Department record, however,revealed that father of the accused, late Mohammad Sultan Bhat, was a tenant ofa shop at Sonawar up to 1991 when it was completely razed in a fire incident.Thereafter, no shop existed there as the owner of the gutted shop-line did notreconstruct the fire-destroyed building. Following the devastating floods of2014, the accused, assisted by Basharat Ahmad Dar and Bashir Ahmad Mir, hatcheda criminal conspiracy and defrauded the State exchequer to the tune of Rs.25,000 by presenting the accused as owner of a non-existent flood damaged shop.For submitting a false report and authentication the President and the GeneralSecretary of the Bazar Committee Bonamsar Sonawar, Basharat Ahmad Dar andBashir Ahmad Mir, have been made co-accused in the case along with the mainaccused, Saleem Mohiudin Bhat," the statement said.

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