ACB Traps, Arrests Clerk For Accepting Bribe

SRINAGAR: The Anti Corruption Bureau on Tuesday arrested Layaqat Raheem Poswal, Clerk in the office of Naib Tehsildar, Tangmarg Aharbal, Kulgam, for demanding and accepting a bribe of ₹ 7,000 for the issuance of a Scheduled Tribe Certificate.

In a statement, Anti Corruption Bureau spokesman that they received a complaint alleging that Layaqat Raheem Poswal S/o Abdul Raheem Poswal R/o Tangmarg, Aharbal, appointed as Class-IV employee and working as Clerk in the office of Naib Tehsildar, Tangmarg Aharbal, Kulgam, is demanding ₹7,000 from the complainant for issuance of Schedule Tribe Certificate. The complainant had already paid ₹3500 to the accused.

“The accused clerk was demanding the remaining money of ₹3,500 from him. On this the complainant approached ACB for taking necessary legal action,” said the spokesman.

“Upon receiving the instant complaint, prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out. Consequently, a case FIR No. 06/2022 was registered in PS ACB Anantnag and investigation taken up,” he said.

“During the course of the investigation, a trap team was constituted. The team caught red-handed Layaqat Raheem Poswal S/o Abdul Raheem Poswal R/o Tangmarg, Aharbal, while demanding and accepting the bribe of ₹3,500/- from the complainant. He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team,” he added.

“The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses. Further investigation into the case is on,” said the spokesman.

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