ACB attaches property worth crores of former govt officials

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) today in a statement said that it has attached property worth crores of two former government officials on graft charges.

According to the statement, “ACB attached the properties worth crores belonging to Rakesh Kumar Pargal, the then Chief Supervisor, FCI Godown, Udhampur & former Incharge Vigilance Squad in Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Rattan Lal Tikoo, Ex MD SICOP.”

The ACB said, “during preliminary enquiry it was found that Rakesh Kumar Pargal has raised assets several times higher than the genuine income (salary) earned by the official from the service period. Accordingly Case FIR No. 01/2020 in PS ACB Udhampur was registered against him. After registration of FIR searches were conducted during which 285 gms gold, incriminating material, documents were seized. Some accounts/lockers were also freezed after being found suspicious. Rakesh Pargal was already involved in Case FIR No. 01/2020 in PS ACB Doda regarding misappropriation of Rs.260 Crores on account of cost of wheat grains, transportation charges, labour charges, grinding charges drawn on the basis of fictitious and false bills. He was also arrested by ACB in this case.”

The ACB said that the accused was initially appointed as daily wager in September, 1984 in TSO office Chenani and remained posted in AD office Udhampur, Chief Supervisor (FCS&CA) Deptt) FCI Godown Udhampur. “He remained under suspension w.e.f 26-06-2009 to 19-09-2012 (Attached with Directorate Office Jammu) for his involvement in case FIR No.06/2009 u/s 109, 409, 468, 471 RPC r/w sec 5(1) (c ), 5 (1) (D), 5(2) JK PC Act Svt. 2006 P/S VOJ now ACB which is still under trial in the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption Udhampur. After the registration of formal case under Anti-Corruption Law and his suspension from Govt. service w.e.f 26-06-2009 to 19-09-2012 he was posted/ appointed in Enforcement squad and Vigilance squad in CAPD Department, which indicate his deep nexus with other accused officials and private persons. The property measuring 01 Kanal & 08 Marlas on which a palatial house Dogri Haveli is constructed, valued at 1.2 crore have been attached by ACB,” the statement reads.

In second case, the investigation revealed that the accused R.L Tickoo as MD SICOP had acquired huge assets, both movable and immovable.” The accumulation was raised by Rattan Lal Tickoo either in his own name or in the name of his family members by abuse and misuse of his official position. Consequently, case FIR No.28/2019 was registered against him in P/S ACB Jammu. Pursuant to registration of case, searches were conducted during which incriminating documents relating to investments were also recovered. 03 flats and land at three locations valued Rs. 47 lakh have been attached,” the statement reads.