EMBEZZLING RS 17 LAKH | ACB produces chargesheet against ex-CMO Budgam, others

EMBEZZLING RS 17 LAKH | ACB produces chargesheet against ex-CMO Budgam, others
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Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Wednesday produced a chargesheet against a former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Budgam and others for embezzling Rs 17 lakh.

A statement of ACB issued here said that in the case FIR No 16/2015 Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) now ACB, under Sections 5(1) (c) (d) read with 5(2) J&K PC Act Swt 2006 and Sections 120-B, 409, 420, 467, 468 and 471 before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Court Srinagar against the then CMO Budgam Dr Muhammad Abdullah and others including a deceased official and persons identified as Muhammad Ayoub and Shahid Shabir.

The ACB statement said that the case was registered based on the outcome of verification conducted into the allegations for embezzlement of Rs 17 lakh by the CMO Office Budgam during the year 2009-10. It said that out of funds allotted under the office expenditure the then CMO Budgam hatched a criminal conspiracy with other accused officials and private persons by resorting to fraudulent means and prepared fictitious and false bills in respect of purchase and repairing of vehicles and put the state exchequer to the loss of Rs 11,78,240.

The ACB statement said that it was also found during investigation that an amount of Rs 8,01,990 was found withdrawn by the accused the then CMO Budgam in league with other accused persons on account of repairing of departmental vehicles and shown disbursed to private firms.

It said that the investigation established that these vehicles were never repaired by the firm and the payment was not received by the firm.

The statement said that the investigation revealed that a supply order for installation of two LED hoardings and production of short films was placed in favour of M/S Oscar Cine media Group Srinagar without ascertaining the reasonability of rates and without inducing competition with an excess amount of Rs 88,250 by the accused CMO Budgam to the supplier firm.

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