SRINAGAR: A former government official was sentenced to three years in jail by a special court on Tuesday in a disproportionate assets case.
According to a spokesperson of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) two other accused in the case filed in 2008 were acquitted by the court for want of sufficient evidence.
The spokesman in a statement said that special Judge, Anti-Corruption, Jammu, Ritesh Dubey convicted Janak Singh, son of Shankar Singh of Extn.1 Shastri Nagar, Jammu, the then Tehsildar Recovery, Jammu in a case under FIR number 4/2008 P/S VOJ (now ACB Jammu) for acquiring assets disproportionate to income, acquiring assets without permission from Government and also acquiring assets in benami transactions.
“The instant case was registered on the basis of a verification conducted into the allegations that the convict had raised assets disproportionate to his known sources of income in the name of his family members and friends by indulging in corrupt practices during his service career,” he said.
“The verification has found that the accused has constructed a double story residential house on a piece of land measuring more than 02 kanals at Shastri Nagar, Jammu and has established a Petrol Pump namely Shankar Filling Station at Greater Kailash Jammu in the name of his family members. The said Janak Singh was found to have resorted to acquisition of moveable and immovable properties including land etc. in his name and in the name of his close relations in order to conceal his money.” he added.
“Accordingly case FIR No. 4/2008 P/S VOJ (now ACB-J) U/s 5 (1) (e) r/w 5 (2) J&K P.C Act Svt. 2006 and Sections 109 and 120-B RPC, Section 12/2014 Public Men and Public Servant Declaration of Assets Act and Section (3) of J&K Benami transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2010 was registered,” said the spokesman.
“After investigation a charge sheet in the instant case was produced in the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption, Jammu. The Hon’ble Court awarded punishment under (a) Sections 5(1)(e) read with 5(2) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act, Svt.2006 and 109/120-B of Ranbir Penal Code (b) Sections 12, 14 of Public Men & Public Servants Declaration of Assets Act and (c) Sections 3 of J&K Benami Transactions(Prohibition) Act,2010 for commission of offences punishable under sections 5(1)(e) read with 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act, Svt 2006 for 3 years simple imprisonment and 1 year simple imprisonment for offences under sections 12, 14 of Public Men & Public Servants Declaration of Assets Act and 2 years simple imprisonment for commission of offences under section 3 of Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2010. Other two accused persons namely Raughbir Singh (brother-in-law of the convict) and Gandrab Singh (real brother of the convict) were acquitted for want of sufficient evidence,” he said.
“Prosecution in this case was conducted by Irshad Ahmed Sheikh, Addl. Public Prosecutor, Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption, Jammu,” the spokesman said.