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LAWDA official booked for corruption

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Srinagar, Jul 21: Vigilance Organization has registered a corruption case against an Executive Engineer of LAWDA.

The case was registered against  Executive Engineer, LAWADA -- Raman Uppal, a resident of Shastri Nagar Jammu, and then AEE Urban Local Bodies Udhampur vide FIR no.22/2018 P/S VOJ u/s 5(1) (c), 5 (1) (d) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt. 2006, a vigilance spokesman said.

Uppal is accused of having misappropriated government money during his tenure as Assistant Engineer in Local Bodies, Udhampur in 2010.

According to a complaint against him, Uppal had been allotted Rs 50 lakhs by the Municipal Committee Katra as advance for execution of development works in Sub-Division Katra, however on ground no work  has been carried out, and as per the report of Director Urban Local Bodies the money is still lying with him.

It is also alleged that an amount of Rs 10 Lakhs allotted to him by the Municipal Council Udhampur has also been misappropriated.

Investigations carried out by the State Vigilance Commission indicate that Uppal, during his incumbency as AEE, has taken temporally advance/imprest money of Rs. 50,10,846 from time to time. He has taken imprest money  of Rs 6.50 lakhs from Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Council Udhampur, thus accumulating to total temporary advance/ imprest money to the tune of Rs 56,60,840.

Uppal, according to the spokesman could not account for the money advanced to him from time to time and misappropriated the same causing loss to the state exchequer.

On the prima facie establishment of allegations, Vigilance Organization registered a formal case under relevant section of law and also conducted simultaneous raids with the help of local police and magistrates at Uppal’s residence at Shastri Nagar Jammu.

During searches, huge quantity of gold amounting to Rs 25 lakhs, cash of Rs 8.5 lakhs and other relevant documents were recovered and seized. Some record was also seized from his earlier office at Udhampur by the another team of Vigilance Organization.

Detailed and in-depth scrutiny of the seized record will be carried out during further course of investigation by sleuths of Vigilance Organization, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Vigilance Organization also produced charge-sheet against then officers of Rural Development Department, Marwah in a corruption case.

Those charge-sheeted include Romesh Kumar Sharma, son of Late Krishan Dutt Sharma of Vasant  Vihar, Talab Tillo Jammu, then XEN REW Kishtwar (now retired), Krishan Chand Sharma, son of Ram Chand, of W.No. 6 Slathia Street, Opp. Court Complex Udhampur, then BDO Marwah (now retired), Rama Kant Sharma , son of M.R. Sharma of Sainik Colony Jammu, then AEE REW Marwah, Tariq Hussain Kichloo, son of Ghulam Haider Kichloo of Kichloo Mohalla, resident of W.No.5 of Tehsil & District Kishtwar, then Tech. Assistant RDD Block Marwah, Abdul Rashid Shah, son of Wali Mohammad Shah of Dugga Tehsil & District Kishtwar, the then JE RDD Block Marwah, Shagufta Riaz, daughter of Riaz Ahmed Lone of Yourdoo Marwah, District Kishtwar,  then VLW RDD Block Marwah, Mohammad Abass Lone, son of Amir Ullah of Yourdoo Tehsil Marwah District kishtwar, then Work Supervisor Block Marwah, Dilshad Ahmed, son of Abdul Ahad of Astangam Marwah, Block Marwah, the then MPW block Marwah, Abdul Fatha Malik, son of Ghulam Mohammad Malik of Qaderna Marwah, District Kishtwar, the then VLW, RDD Block Marwah, and Ghulam Rasool Lone, son of Mohammad Ramzan Lone of Deharie, Marwah District Kishtwar, the then VLW Block Marwah, spokesman said.

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