SRINAGAR: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday arrested a naib tehsildar for receiving bribe in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
In a statement ACB said that Habibullah Mir, Naib Tehsildar, Chuker, Tehsil Kunzer, District Baramulla arrested for demanding ₹30,000 from complainant for granting permission for cutting walnut tree.
“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint, wherein the complainant had alleged that Habibullah Mir, Naib Tehsildar Chuker, Tehsil Kunzer, District Baramulla was demanding bribe of ₹30,000 from complainant for granting permission for removing walnut tree,” said the statement.
“The complainant approached Habibullah Mir, Naib Tehsildar for the removal of the walnut tree with his application moved through Tehsildar Kunzer,” it said , adding that the tree as per the complainant was very old. It was about to fall anytime.
“There was apprehensions of tree causing damage to the house or to any family member. He approached authorities for seeking permission for cutting of tree,” the statement reads, adding that the Naib Tehsildar concerned after visiting the spot asked for a bribe of ₹30,000 for granting permission. The amount was later settled at ₹20,000. Out of the agreed amount the complainant deposited ₹10000 in the bank account of the Naib Tehsildar on the directions of accused.
“Immediately after receipt of the complaint a pre-verification was conducted by ACB into the matter. Based on pre-verification, Prima facie offences u/s 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) were made out against the alleged accused person Habibullah Mir Naib Tehsildar Kunzer. Accordingly, a case FIR No. 07/2022 was registered in Police Station ACB Baramulla u/s 7 of the PC Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) against accused public servant & investigations started,” said the statement.
“During the course of investigations said accused public servant was caught red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of ₹5000 from complainant who had already taken ₹10,000 from him earlier through Bank accounts,” it reads.
“The accused was immediately arrested on spot and his house was also searched during the search many incriminating documents were obtained by the searching team,” it added
Further investigations in the case are going on, said the statement.