ACB arrests 2 Jr Engineers, 1 Inspector of PDCL on bribery charges
Srinagar: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) today arrested two junior engineers and an inspector posted at special sub division, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited, Tangmarg for demanding and accepting bribe.
A spokesperson of ACB said that the Bureau trapped and arrested Junior Engineers Masood Ahmad and Gh Mohd Bhat besides Inspector Ab Rashid Bhat, Meter Reader of special sub division, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited, Tangmarg for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 2,60,000
Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint from a resident of village Gofbal Kunzer, tehsil Kunzer, district Baramulla alleging therein that his father is the proprietor of a manufacturing unit situated at Gofbal Kunzer. The unit is being run by him with the help of his family since 2014 and that he had applied before AEE Tangmarg for upgrading the electricity consumption/sanction load from presently 63 KV to 250 KV on Nov, 2021, the spokesperson said.
“The officials namely Masood Ahmad, Junior Engineer, Gh Mohd Bhat, Junior Engineer and Inspector Ab Rashid Bhat (Meter Reader) demanded huge amount as bribe for the settlement/ processing of his file. They settled for Rs 2,60,000/- as demand for completing the work,” the spokesperson quoted the complainant as alleging.
He said that on receipt of the complaint, Case FIR No. 12/2022 U/S 7 PC Act 1988 was registered in PS ACB Baramulla and investigation taken up.
“During the course of investigation a trap team was constituted. The team caught red-handed Masood Ahmad, Junior Engineer, Gh Mohd Bhat, Junior Engineer and Inspector Ab Rashid Bhat (Meter Reader) of KPDCL special sub division Tangmarg while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 2,60,000.
“They were arrested on the spot by the ACB team. The bribe money was also recovered from their possession in presence of independent witnesses,” the spokesperson said.
He further said that the role of Junaid Ahmad Mir, Assistant Executive Engineer and Manzoor Ahmad Bukhari, Assistant Engineer of KPDCL, Special Sub Division, Tangmarg is also being investigated.