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Man held for duping youth, running job racket

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ACB registers disproportionate assets case against former AEE

Jammu/ Srinagar: The Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested a man for allegedly forging government appointment orders to cheat unemployed youth in the union territory, officials said.

Manzoor Hussain Qadri along with co-accused Mushtaq Ahmed Ganai and Fayaz Ahmed Dar used to lure unemployed youth on the pretext of arranging jobs in the Forest department and various other government departments, they said.

A written complaint was lodged with the Crime Branch in Jammu by Raman Kattru and others, alleging that the accused persons on the pretext of arranging government jobs duped them after issuing fake appointment orders in their favour, they said.

In 2013, the complainant met Dar, who introduced him to Qadri, and they promised to arrange a government job in the J&K Forest department for them, they said.

He was given an appointment order for the post of forester and asked to pay Rs 4,50,000, they said, adding, Kattru managed the money by selling his wife’s jewellery.

The accused also duped many other job seekers in a similar way.

Qadri had served as an employee of the Forest department but was later dismissed from service. He also has eight criminal cases registered against him in different police stations, they said.

Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered a case of disproportionate assets against a former Assistant Executive Engineer, R&B Kupwara.

The case (FIR no. 01/2021) was registered in Police Station ACB Baramulla against Mohammad Shafi Dar, the then AEE R&B Kupwara (now retired) under section 5(1) (e) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act. Svt. 2006, reads a statement by ACB.

It said the case was registered on the basis of a verification to look into the allegations against Dar that he had raised assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Dar, ACB said “has accumulated huge assets in the shape of immoveable/movable properties in his own name and in the name of other family members which includes immovable properties worth crores in Srinagar, Sopore and Bandipora and movable properties in the shape of cars and other luxurious household items.

“The value of the assets found in possession of public servant and his family members and the expenditure incurred by him is grossly disproportionate to his known sources of income which constitute offences punishable u/s 5(1)(e) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act Svt. 2006,” ACB said.

It said during the course of investigation, search warrants were obtained from the court, following which searches were conducted at Bandipora and Srinagar.

“The search teams found and seized incriminating documents relating to un-accounted wealth/assets acquired by the accused by resorting to corrupt practices,” it said.

The investigation of the case is going on.

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