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Srinagar: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) trapped and arrested a Clerk posted in Tehsil office Singhpora, Baramulla for accepting bribe of Rs 2,000 for settlement of a grievance.

As per a statement issued by ACB, the Bureau received a complaint alleging therein that Hilal Ahmad, Clerk, Tehsil office Singhpora, Baramulla was demanding bribe of Rs 2000 for settling a grievance of the complainant.

“The complainant alleged that land measuring 1 kanal falling under survey No. 193, 192, 214, 264 Intikal No. 191, Khewat No. 38 situated at Daslipora Pattan District Baramulla is his ancestral property and the same has been grabbed by the Khatija (sister of father) resident of Guroo Bazar Srinagar. For settlement of the issue the complainant on many occasions approached revenue authorities of tehsil Singhpora but they kept on delaying the matter. The complainant had also applied before the Tehsildar Singhpora, Pattan, District Baramulla for settlement of grievances,” the ACB statement said.

“The application filed by the complainant with Tehsildar Singhpora was duly marked by Tehsildar Singhpora to the Naib Tehsildar concerned for verification and for taking appropriate necessary action. When the complainant approached the office of Naib Tehsildar Singhpora for redressing grievance and for conducting verification and taking appropriate action as directed by Tehsildar, they refused to take any action and kept delaying the same because the complainant refused to give them any bribe which was demanded by a clerk namely Hilal Ahmad who is posted in Naib Tehsil office Singhpora,” the statement said.

“As the contents of complaint prima facie disclosed the commission of offence as defined under section 7 of the P.C Act 1988. Accordingly, a Case FIR No. 04/2022 was registered at Police Station ACB Baramulla against Hilal Ahmad, posted as clerk in Tehsil Office Singhpora, Baramulla,” read the ACB statement.

The statement said that during the course of investigation a trap team was constituted which caught Hilal Ahmad red handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 2,000 from the complainant.

“He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses,” the statement said, adding, further investigations were going on.

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