Crime Branch Busts Fake AYUSH Doctors Association

SRINAGAR: The sleuths of Crime Branch Kashmir carried out raids at twelve places across the Kashmir residence and offices of so-called office bearers of a ‘self-styled’ AYUSH Doctors association Kashmir (ADAK).

Official sources said that the sleuths of the Crime Branch carried out raids at Lawaypora, Rainawara, HMT in Srinagar, Bohipora in Kupwara, New Light Colony, Botingoo in Sopore, Baramulla.

Raids were conducted following a complaint that the accused were running an association — Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy (AYUSH) — from a fake address without any true credentials.

According to the complaint, the fake Association was resorting to blackmailing, extortion and harassment.

Sources added that during the raid, the sleuths of the CBK seized incriminating materials including files, fake letterheads and records alongside the various computer and sophisticated electronic items etc from their possession of several doctors.

The raid was conducted swiftly by various teams constituted by Crime Branch Kashmir headed by deputy SP level officer, sources said.

Taking cognizance of series of complaints, Crime Branch investigated the case under PV-75/2020 and finally registered FIR 34/2021 US IPC sections of 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 506 (criminal intimidation) besides 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act 420, 120-B and 506 of IPC besides 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act against all self-styled office bearers for running a fake association.

Quoting a senior officer of the crime branch, reports said the raids were carried out in relation to the FIR 34/2021 US IPC sections of 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 506 (criminal intimidation) besides 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act 420, 120-B and 506 of IPC besides 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act, against all self-styled office bearers( President, Senior Vice president, Vice president, Treasurer, Joint Secretary and organizing secretary)  for running a fake association across the UT, since 2010 and caring illegal activities besides running unauthorised account in jk bank.

Taking cognizance of series of complaints, Crime Branch investigated the case under PV-75/2020 and finally registered FIR 34/2021 US IPC sections of 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 506 (criminal intimidation) besides 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act 420, 120-B and 506 of IPC besides 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act against all self-styled office bearers for running a fake association.

During the course of the probe, it transpired that the Association is not registered either with Registrar Societies or any Government Department and is running in violation of the SRO-160 and service conduct rules. The letter heads used by the self-styled office bearers (8 doctors) was used on fictitious names and with different fake addresses.

It was also revealed during probe that an account has been opened illegally in J&K Bank Kakasaria Srinagar in the year 2010, to run the activities by allegedly demanding money from ISM employees for different pretexts like making complaints before higher authorities against innocent employees, blackmailing of superior and supervisory staff and managing of premature transfers and attachments as per their wishes, sources said.

The master mind of the illegal association is allegedly Dr Zahoor Ahmad  Tantry, self styled Senior Vice president who is known in the department for his dubious character and filing of false , frivolous, fictitious  and  baseless complaints, RTI  applications, court cases on the names of his relatives , pseudo names or on the name of his landlords, as a tool for criminal intimidation. The Forensic Laboratory J&K Srinagar vide their report No:  FSL/43-Dec-Sgr dated 04-06-2015 has proved involvement of Dr Zahoor Tantry in impersonation and forgery.

Pertinently, the self styled senior Vice president Dr Zahoor Ahmad Tantry is already facing another FIR 211/2013 US under sections 419, 371, and 468 under the Ranbir Penal Code registered with Police Station Sadder Srinagar. The case has been challaned and submitted to the court of 2nd Additional Munsiff Srinagar, who have even issued non bailable warrants against him in the year 2018.   Many departmental enquiries are also pending against Dr Zahoor Tantry, sources added.

One such enquiry constituted vide No. DISM/PS/6345-50 dated 29.02.2014, when employees of the department went on strike against the misconduct of Dr Zahoor Ahmed Tantantry and after ordering Inquries which concluded that

Administrative Department H&ME in another enquiry appointed Assistant Director Health Kashmir (Dr. Bashir Ahmad Malik) as enquiry officer vide No.199-HME of 2015 dated 02.06.2015 to look into the gross misconduct of Dr Zahoor Tantry.  The report submitted by the enquiry officer recommended that ”Dr ZahoorTantry has shown violations in his conduct and behaviour in the Department of ISM. He needs to be directed to submit a written apology that he will remain careful in future duly attested by First Class Magistrate and if he continues to show indiscipline, disobedience, and unwanted behaviour in the department , the action warranted under rules may be recommended against him which may even amount to his ouster from the Department” documents reveal.

In another significant move, Administrative Department H&ME  vide Govt. order No: 108-HME of 2017 dated: 11-12-2017,  had appointed Additional Secretary to Government as enquiry officer to consolidate all the pending files of  misconduct of Dr Zahoor Ahmad Tantry within 15 days ,the final report  of which is still awaited source added.

“Further investigation in the case is going on,” the sources added.

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