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    Illegal appointments: ACB produces chargesheet against 56 persons including MC B’pora officials

    Illegal appointments: ACB produces chargesheet against 56 persons including MC B’pora officials



    Srinagar, Dec 07 (KNO): Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday produced chargesheet against former Incharge Executive Officer, ex-President, Municipal Committee (MC) Bandipora and 54 other beneficiaries for their alleged involvement in illegal appointments.


    ACB, as per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), produced chargesheet against 56 accused persons including two public servants before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Baramulla in a case related to alleged misuse of official position and illegal appointments in Municipal Committee of District Bandipora


    “The instant case was registered on 28-06-2013 against 56 accused persons including officers/officials of the MC Bandipora in pursuance to the verification conducted into the allegations of illegal appointments made by the officers/officials of the Municipal Committee Bandipora during the period 2009-2010 in which some of the close relatives of the officials were also appointed illegally in brazen violation of rules and regulations and it was also alleged that the  illegal appointments were made during the period 2009-10 by then President Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi and Incharge Executive Officer Municipal Committee Bandipora Ab. Rashid Shah in league with beneficiaries by  abuse of their official position and in gross violation/ utter disregard of  the standing Govt. order/rules without their having any competence to do so etc.”


    “Investigation conducted has revealed that these appointees were lacking eligibility criteria as laid down in the recruitment rules/orders governing these appointments issued by Govt from time to time. By acting in such a manner, the officers/officials of Municipal Committee Bandipora by abuse of their official position conferred undue pecuniary advantage upon the above mentioned beneficiaries with corresponding loss to the state exchequer by gross abuse of their official position by illegally appointing them.”


    On the basis of cogent and clinching evidence brought on record by the ACB, the investigation established the commission of offences under section 5(1) (d) r/w 5 (2) J&K P.C Act Svt; 2006 and 120-B, 201 RPC against the above named two accused public servants including 54 beneficiaries.


    After thorough investigation and after obtaining the sanction for prosecution of accused public servant from the government as envisaged under law, ACB produced chargesheet in the case before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Baramulla for judicial determination against accused public servants Ab. Rashid Shah the then I/C Executive Officer M.C Bandipora, Mushtaq Ahamd Sofi the then President M.C. Bandipora and 54 other accused beneficiaries for commission of offences under section 5(1) (d) r/w 5 (2) J&K P.C Act Svt; 2006 and 120-B,  201 RPC, the statement said, adding that the next date in the case has been fixed for hearing by court on 12-02-2022—(KNO)

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