SRINAGAR: In a significant development, the Special Crime Wing (Crime Branch) of Srinagar has filed a charge sheet in the case of FIR No 25/2012 before the Court of Anti Corruption Court Anantnag. Three accused individuals are facing charges for their alleged involvement in offenses punishable under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

According to the official press release, the case came to light when “a complaint was lodged by the former Zonal Education Officer of Kulgam, claiming that Rashid-Ul-Hassan Gojjar, a resident of Arigatoo Tehsil Kulgam, had been fraudulently appointed as a teacher through the Service Selection Board.”

The release further states that “Gojjar had been appointed under the reserved category of Scheduled Tribes (ST) as per order No. 2034 of 2007 dated 17th October 2007. He submitted his joining report on 7th November 2007, along with several necessary certificates, including ST, PRC, and DOB certificates.”

Upon close scrutiny of these certificates, an alarming discrepancy was discovered. The caste mentioned in Gojjar’s DOB certificate was listed as ‘Wagay,’ which contradicted the caste mentioned in his PRC and ST certificates, listed as ‘Gojjar.’  Subsequently, the Crime Branch Kashmir initiated a preliminary verification into the matter leading to the formal registration of FIR No 25/2012 under various sections of the RPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The investigation uncovered that the accused beneficiary, Rashid-Ul-Hassan Gojjar, in collusion with two retired revenue officers, had manipulated his caste status from ‘Wagay’ to ‘Gojjar.’ The release further states that “these officials abused their positions of authority and conspired to create and act upon a fraudulent mutation, ultimately issuing a counterfeit Scheduled Tribe Certificate in favor of the accused.” Gojjar utilised this forged certificate to secure his appointment as a Teacher in District Kulgam under the ST category.

The press release concludes by stating, “After careful examination of the evidence, the investigation culminated in charges being proven against the accused individuals under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 201, 120-B RPC, and 5(2) PC Act.”

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