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ACB produces charge sheet against J&K’s LAWDA Officials over corruption

Srinagar: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday produced charge-sheet against officials of officials of J&K Lakes & Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) and beneficiaries in violations of permissions granted by the authority.

A spokesman of the ACB said this evening that charge-sheet in case FIR Number 48/2015 in the Court of Special Judge Anti Corruption Kashmir Srinagar.

He said the case was registered on the directions of the J&K High Court Srinagar vide order dated 28-10-2015 in PIL No. 159/2002 titled Syed Tahir Geelani V/S State and others in light of the report submitted by the Commissioners, appointed by the court to monitor activities in LAWDA.

He said the investigation conducted into the matter revealed violations of permissions granted by LAWDA or violation of Master plan or without obtaining permission from LAWDA, have taken place which are indicative of the fact that enforcement wing has been acting in collusion with law breakers and facilitated illegal constructions.

On the basis of evidence, oral as well as documentary supported by circumstantial evidence, collected during the course of investigation, it has been prima facia established that the accused Public servant Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, resident of Kokarbagh Malabagh Habak Srinagar, the then Supervisor (Enforcement wing LAWDA), Parvaiz Ahmad Mir, resident of Rozabal Khanyar Srinagar, the then Watcher, LAWDA and other officials by way of abusing their official position have incurred loss to the State exchequer.

He said they have indulged in the corrupt practices by way of allowing illegal constructions within the periphery of Dal lake. Thus, offences u/s 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) of Prevention of corruption Act samvat, 2006 and section 120-B RPC were made out against these accused public servants.

He said offences Section 120-B, 188 RPC are made out against beneficiaries namely Mohammad Tariq Reshi resident of Ishber Nishat, Tahir Mir (Tahir Gul) resident of Nigeen Srinagar, Ghulam Mohammad Mir resident of Nigeen, Srinagar and Mohammad Maqbool Beigh resident Beigh Mohallah Nigeen.

The next date of hearing has been fixed on 23.02.2021, he said.

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