Anti-corruption court sentences former DC Kupwara to 1-year imprisonment

A court here on Monday sentenced an officer Shah Latief who has formerly served as deputy commissioner Kupwara to an imprisonment of one year in an embezzlement case of 2004. 

Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Srinagar, R N Wattal convicted Shah Latief, the then deputy commissioner Kupwara and sentenced him to one year imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Shah saying in default he has to undergo further imprisonment of six months in jail.

 Vigilance Organisation Kashmir was represented by Chief Prosecuting officer Gulam Jeelani alongwith Senior Prosecuting officer Riaz Ahmad. 

While the court sentenced Shah to undergo a simple imprisonment for one year and imposed a fine of Rs two lakh under Section 409 of RPC, it sentenced him to undergo a simple Imprisonment for one year and imposed fine of Rs two lakh under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) respectively. However, in default, the convict has to under a further imprisonment of six months both under RPC and PCA.

While the court ruled that the sentences of Simple imprisonment shall run concurrently, it said the sentences of simple Imprisonment in default of payment of fine shall run consecutively.

 “Since the convict was on bail, so, he is taken into custody and is forwarded to Superintendent Central Jail Srinagar along with a warrant for the execution of sentence,” he court said.

Observing that the nation is suffering on account of misdeeds of such offenders who put government exchequer to such loss, the court said:  “Convict gave supremacy to illegal personal gains putting the government exchequer at loss to the tune of Rs 178,702”.

Quoting William Shakespeare, that “no legacy is as rich as honesty”, the court said “corruption deserves to be detested and despised in all its forms and characters being as abominable as Satan”.

Vigilance Case: The charge sheet against the accused owes its origin to a complaint forwarded by Under Secretary GAD to VOK alleging therein that in the meeting of District Development Board held on 04-08-1997 at Kupwara under chairmanship of the then Forest Minister, it was decided to utilize the interest amount of Rs.1,78,702 accrued on bank deposits of Jawahir Rozgar Yogna and Employment Assurance Scheme for repairs of the vehicles attached with the office of then DDC Kupwara. “However instead of utilizing the said amount of money for repairs of the vehicles, same was misappropriated by DDC Kupwara as no vehicle was got repaired,” the VOK said.

“On the receipt of the communication, enquiry was conducted and on the basis of outcome of the enquiry, it was established that interest amount was misappropriated by DDC Kupwara and not a single penny out of the said interest amount was utilized.  Accordingly FIR No.18/2004 u/s 5(1)(c) r/w 5(2) P.C. Act and Section 409 RPC was registered at P/S VOK,” it added.