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Patwari arrested taking bribe: ACB

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Srinagar, Dec 29: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) trapped and arrested Patwari from Khansahib, Budgam and his agent while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 1,00,000 (one lakh) for mutation of land records, the anti-graft body said Wednesday.

In a statement, the ACB said it received a complaint alleging that Raja Mudasir Ali Khan, Patwari, Halqa Kathwar, Khansahib, Budgam was demanding Rs 1,00,000 (one lakh) as bribe for affecting transfer of land in favour of the maternal cousins of the complainant.

Following this complaint, a case (FIR no. 38/2021) under section 7 PC Act 1988 was registered and investigation taken up.

“During investigations, a trap team was constituted, which caught Raja Mudasir Ali Khan, the Patwari, red-handed  while demanding and accepting bribe amount of Rs 1,00,000 (Rs 10,000 cash + Rs 90,000 through cheque) from the complainant through agent  Nawaz Hussain Mir of Khanpora Budgam,” ACB said.

It said the bribe money was recovered from the possession of the accused in presence of independent witness.

“Raja Mudasir Ali Khan along with agent Nawaz Hussain Mir were arrested on the spot. During the search of his personal vehicle, cash amounting to Rs 82,000 was also recovered and seized. Search was also conducted at the house of accused public servant,” ACB said, adding that further investigations into the case is going on.

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