ACB Registers 200 Cases Against Corrupt Since 2020

SRINAGAR: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has tightened its noose as it has registered around 200 cases against corrupt government officials since 2020 in Jammu and Kashmir, local news gatherer, KINS reported.

These cases have been registered related to misuse of official position, corruption charges, disproportionate assets, illegal compensation, purchase of sub-standard drugs, illegal grant permission to constructions, irregularities in funds, backdoor appointments, and various other wrongdoings.

Among them, 71 and 61 cases were registered in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

An official of the ACB said that there has been evidence against these officials for having indulged in wrong doings. “Case is only registered when there is some proof against an accused,” the official said. “Government has to decide whether an accused official should be given a plum posting or not,” he added.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has asked the ACB and General Administration Department to use the latest technology and work in collaboration to set new benchmarks in combating corruption.

Recently, Jammu and Kashmir administration ordered the premature retirement of eight employees of the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) on the charges of corruption under Article 226(2) of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil services Regulations, Departmental Committees of J-K.

The charges against the said eight officers were confirmed by the Departmental Committees and were upheld by the designated review committee under Article 226(2), which includes misappropriation of funds, falsification of records and raising fake bills, allowing illegal constructions, committing financial irregularities and making illegal appointments during their tenure in various Urban Local Bodies (ULBS).

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