ACB Charge-sheets 3 Officials, 4 Civilians In Kathua CAPD Case

SRINAGAR: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has produced charge-sheet in case FIR No14/2012 of P/S VOJ (now ACB-Jammu) U/S 5(1) (c) (d) r/w 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat, 2006 and 120-B, 409 RPC against accused government servants namely (a) Amar Singh then TSO Billawar, (b) Jaswant Singh, then Storekeeper CA&PD Store Billawar, (c) Beli Ram, then Salesman, and carriage contractors namely (d) Sukh Ram, (e) Jagdish Raj, (f) Bishan Dass, (g) Khushi Ram for misappropriation of food grains at CA&PD Store Billawar.

The case was registered on the allegations of misappropriation of APL/BPL food grains by way of issuance of food grains in excess to the prescribed quota to far-flung ration depots and preparation of fictitious ration documents by the then TSO CA&PD Department Billawar and others. During investigation, it surfaced that during April 2009 to February 2010, food grains were received by TSO Billawar from AD CA&PD Kathua for disbursement to different categories of consumers (under APL, BPL) living in far flung areas of Malhar and Kindli as per prescribed scale while as excess APL/BPL food grains, had been shown dispatched to these government ration depots at Malhar and Kindli for distribution amongst beneficiaries which has actually been misappropriated by above mentioned Government servants then posted in CA&PD Department, Billawar in connivance with private beneficiaries.

A CAB statement said that as per evidence collected during the course of the investigation of the case, the total loss caused by way of misappropriation of food grains is Rs 23,02,989.07. This amount was, in fact, the subsidy, which was meant for a poor public of Malhar and Kindli was misappropriated by the CA&PD officials for their own benefit, whereas the genuine public was deprived of the subsidy meant for them. Further loss of Rs 4,24,634.44 has been caused by way of excess withdrawal on account of carriage charges. The loss of Rs 27,27,623.51 has been caused to the state exchequer by the above said accused persons.

After completing the investigation of the case, sanction for the launching of the prosecution was also obtained from the competent authority and ACB produced charge sheet against the above mentioned accused persons before the special Judge Anti-Corruption Court Kathua.

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