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ACB Arrests Exen PDA For Demanding, Accepting Rs 10K Bribe

Srinagar, April 30 : Anti Corruption Bureau arrested on Saturday Farooq Ahmad Rather, Executive Engineer, Pahalagam Development Authority for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 for processing file which was pending while posted as Assistant Executive Engineer, Rural Development Department, Achabal, Anantnag

“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that Executive Engineer, Pahalagam Development Authority is demanding bribe of Rs 10,000 @3% for the MGNAREGA bills costing rs 1.49 lacs and demanding 1.5% share of Rs 4.25 lakhs approx. for already executed and released capex works bills in block Achabal,” the ACB said, adding, “The complainants alleged that he is contractor by profession, and had done the work under MGNAREGA scheme but the Engineer is demanding bribe for processing the file for release of the payment.”

Upon receiving the instant complaint, the ACB said prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out. Consequently, he said, case FIR No. 08/2022 was registered in PS ACB Anantnag and investigation taken-up.

“During the course of investigation, a trap team was constituted. The team caught red handed Farooq Ahmad Rather, Executive Engineer, Pahalagam Development Authority while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 10000/- from the complainant,” the ACB said in a statement to GNS, adding, “He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses.” Further investigation is going on, he said. (GNS)

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