ACB Arrests Official For Taking Bribe

SRINAGAR: Anti-corruption Bureau on Thursday said to have arrested a Field Supervisor posted in the office of JK SC, ST & OBC Development Corporation, Baramulla for ‘accepting bribe in lieu of processing a loan case’.

In a statement Anti Corruption Bureau spokesman said that they received a complaint against one Manzoor Ahmad, Field Supervisor posted in the office of JK SC, ST & OBC Development Corporation, Baramulla for allegedly accepting bribe of rupees 15,000 and demanding bribe of rupees 4000 from complainant for processing his loan case.

“The complainant alleged that he is running a Kiryana Shop at Old Town Baramulla and to expand his business about six months ago he had  applied for a loan under the Scheme from SC, ST & OBC Development Corporation Baramulla. The interest rate for the said loan is 6% for which he was eligible. He fulfilled all the required formalities for sanction of his loan. The concerned field Supervisor and district officer were not sanctioning loan in favour of the complainant,” he said.

“Recently, the complainant  again visited the said office for sanctioning of loan, the field Supervisor namely Manzoor Ahmad again demanded a bribe of rupees 4000. Manzoor Ahmad told him that new district officers have joined and he will not sanction the loan without bribe money. The complainant requested the field Supervisor that as he had already borrowed money for giving a bribe  of rupees 15000,” said the spokesman, adding that “on this the field Supervisor Manzoor Ahmad told him to Pay rupees 2000 more instead of rupees 4000. Under these circumstances the complainant approached the ACB and requested for taking necessary legal action against the accused Public servant for taking a bribe of rupees 15000 and demanding more bribe of rupees 2000.”

“Accordingly on receipt of the complaint which prima facie disclosed commission of offences under U/s 7 of the P.C Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) a case FIR No 22/2022 was registered at PS ACB Baramulla against the accused person and investigations were started. Immediately after registration of the case a trap team headed by DySP rank officer and independent witnesses was constituted. The team caught the accused red handed while demanding and accepting bribe from the complainant at Baramulla. He was arrested on the spot after completing all legal formalities for further questioning and ascertaining the role of other persons.  Searches were also conducted at the residence of the accused,” said ACB spokesman in a statement.

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