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2 officials held for taking bribe

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Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau in Jammu and Kashmir has arrested two officials of the Defence Accounts Department for demanding and accepting a bribe for release of payment to a contractor, an official spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Those arrested were identified as Riyaz Ahmad Wani, a multi-tasking staff officer, and senior accounts officer Hira Lal Dhar.

The ACB received a complaint that a file regarding release of payment for the maintenance work done under the Sadbhavana project was pending with Dhar.

“The officer was demanding Rs 5,000 as bribe for passing the file/release of payment due to the complainant through his multi-tasking staff (MTS) officer Riyaz Ahmad Wani,” the spokesperson said.

A trap was laid and Wani was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe, he said, adding that Dhar was also taken into custody.

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