ACB produces chargesheet against officials for abuse of official position

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Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Saturday produced a chargesheet in case the then Executive Officer Municipal Committee Achabal and other officials for abusing their official position.

A statement of ACB issued here said that FIR No 28/2014 Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (now ACB), under section 5(1) d r/w 5(2) PC Act Svt 2006, 120–B, 420, 468, 471 of the RPC against the then Executive Officer Municipal Committee Achabal Imtiyaz Ahmad, the then Junior Assistant (Establishment Clerk) Kousar Ahmad, the then Junior Assistant (Dispatch Clerk) Gulzar Ahmad, and the then daily-wager in Municipal Committee Achabal Bashir Ahmad in the  Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Anantnag.

The statement said that the case was registered by ACB on the outcome of an inquiry conducted on the allegations that Imtiyaz hatched a criminal conspiracy with other officials in connivance with the accused beneficiaries without the competence regularised non-deserving daily wagers and Contingent Paid Workers (CPWs).

The ACB statement said that the accused officers and officials of Municipal Committee Achabal to bestow undue benefits to the non-deserving beneficiaries violated the service conduct rules and set aside the seniority list.

It said that they regularised 12 non-deserving daily wagers, CPWs and casual labourers, ignoring the deserving persons.

The statement said that it caused a loss of Rs 1,86,004 to the state exchequer by way of drawing salary of 12 illegally regularised beneficiaries.

The ACB statement said that a case under FIR No 28/2014 under sections 5(1) d r/w 5(2) PC Act Svt 2006 and 120-B 420, 468, 471 of the RPC was registered by VOK and investigation taken up.

It said that during investigation, it was established that the guidelines regarding the norms and provision for regularisation of CPWs and casual labours as provided under SRO 64 of the Finance Department were violated which corroborated the fact of abuse of official position by the accused public servants.

The statement said that during investigation, it was proved that Imtiyaz with active connivance of other officials had regularized 12 daily rated workers illegally and without competence by abusing his official position.

The ACB statement said that it was established that neither any screening committee was physically constituted nor was any recommendation list prepared and submitted by the said committee thereof.  It said that all the accused persons were presented before the Court of the Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, Anantnag, for further legal action after obtaining sanction for prosecution from the government.

The statement said that the case is next listed for March 3, 2021.