Srinagar, Jul 15: Anti Corruption Bureau has produced chargesheet before Anti Corruption Court Baramulla against a former Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara and five others for purchasing mild steel and galvanized iron pipes on exorbitant rates in 2011.
According to the ACB, the accused besides Mohammad Shafi Bhat (then Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara) are Abdul Gani Bhat (then Head Draftsman, R&B, Division Kupwara) Ghulam Rasool Dar (then Storekeeper R&B Division Kupwara), Mohammad Shafi Qazi (then AAO R&B Division Kupwara), Lateef Ahmad Ganie ( Proprietor Lateef & Co.) and Sajad Ahmad Rather (Proprietor S.I Traders).
“Investigation conducted by Vigilance Organisation (now Anti Corruption Bureau) in case FIR No.13/2011 has proved that accused Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara and his associate accused officials of R&B Division Kupwara have purchased Mild Steel Pipes and Galvanized Iron Pipes on highly exorbitant rates and thereby caused a loss of Rs. 4,61,000/- in the purchase of MS Pipes and Rs. 69,630/- in the purchase of GI Pipes to the State Exchequer,” the ACB said.
It claimed that the investigation has “established” the commission of offences u/s 5(2) J&K PC Act Svt 2006 r/w sections 467,468,471 RPC and 120-B RPC against accused public servants and private suppliers.
The ACB in a statement said that government had accorded sanction for prosecution against the in-service public servants 26 July 2019. Whether or not accused are guilty of the charges leveled against them would be decided by the court. As per the law, accused is innocent until proved guilty by the court.