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SVO books own employee for leaking secret info

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Also books former SHO on graft charges

Jammu: The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO), Jammu has booked one of its employees for leaking secret information to officers facing corruption charges in return for monetary benefits.

The SVO registered a formal case against Mohammad Shabir who was appointed in vigilance organisation, spokesperson of the SVO said.

Reliable information was received at SVO Jammu that Shabir (Orderly) indulged in corruption and malpractices by conniving with different officers and officials who were facing serious charges of corruption in the organisation, he said.

As per the reports, in return for disclosing information to suspect public servants, he got financial benefits, the spokesman said, adding that Shabir had raised assets disproportionate to his known source of income by indulging in corruption and illegal practices.

The teams of SVO raided various residences of the accused after registering a case against him.

During the search, it was found that various immovable properties had been raised by the accused and that he was operating various business establishments as well, the official said.

All relevant records and suspicious documents recovered from the locations were seized and will be subjected to a detailed and in-depth scrutiny by the SVO, the official added.

Meanwhile, the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has booked a former Station House Officer (SHO) for accepting a bribe from a gang rape victim to delete her nephew's name from the case after he falsely implicated him.

A case was registered against Mohammad Bashir, SHO of the Kalakote police station, following a complaint by the victim, a SVO spokesperson said.

According to the woman's complaint, she was allegedly gang raped in 2010 and had approached Bashir to lodge an FIR. However, he refused to take cognizance of her complaint.

Finally, an FIR was registered under section 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) after the victim moved court, but her nephew was implicated in the case, the spokesperson said.

Bashir and the Investigating Officer (IO) Mattu Khan, now dead, demanded Rs 50,000 from the victim to remove her nephew's name from the complaint, he said, adding that they finally settled for Rs 30,000.

During a verification by the SVO, it was found that the duo, in an abuse of their official position, had accepted an initial amount of Rs 10,000 from the victim, the spokesperson said.

A case has been registered and investigation is underway, he said.

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