ACB Traps, Arrests President Municipal Committee Awantipora For Accepting Bribe

SRINAGAR: The Anti Corruption Bureau on Friday arrested Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President of Municipal Committee, Awantipora for demanding and accepting the bribe of ₹1000 for processing the bills.

In a statement, Anti Corruption Bureau spokesman that they received a complaint alleging therein that Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal Committee, Awantipora is demanding ₹1000 for processing the bills of the complainant.  The complainant mentioned in his complaint that the accused used to demand a commission @5% for the processing of the bills.

“The complainants alleged that he is an owner of IT firm. He was allotted a tender year back. The accused was demanding 5% of the total bill (₹20,650) for the renewal of the existing contract for the year 2022,” said an ACB spokesman in a statement.

He said that since the contents of the complaint disclose demand of bribe by alleged accused Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal committee, Awantipora.  Consequently, case FIR No. 09/2022 was registered in P/S ACB Anantnag and an investigation taken-up.

He added that during the course of the investigation, a trap team was constituted.

“The team caught red-handed Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal committee, Awantipora for demanding and accepting ₹1000 i.e, 5% of ₹20,650 for processing the bills of the complainant,” said the spokesman, adding that he was arrested on the spot by the ACB team, the bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses.

Further investigations are going on, said an ACB spokesman in a statement.

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