Pulwama 16 March (KNB): Anti Corruption Bureau produced a chargesheet against Ghulam Mohammad, the then Jr. Assistant in DFO Office Awantipora, Pulwama in Trap case.
An official statement said that ACB produced chargesheet in Case FIR No. 05/2019 PS ACB Anantnag, U/S 5(1) r/w 5 (2), 4-A J&K PC Act SVT 2006 (Amendment) Act 2014, against Ghulam Mohammad, the then Jr. Assistant in Forest Department Awantipora, in the court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Pulwama.
Officials stated that the instant case was registered by PS ACB Anantnag on receipt of a written complaint to the effect that the complainant is running a factory situated at Khunmoh Industrial Area phase III and intent to renew the licence of said factory which expired in the month of Feb-2019.
“He has visited the office of forest department (DFO Office) Awantipora many times for the said purpose. Ghulam Mohammad of DFO Office Awantipora, demanded Rs.7000/- as bribe for the renewal of license,” officials stated, adding that the complainant has made several requests to the said clerk for reduction of amount for the renewal of said licence.
“The complainant further stated that the said clerk had directed him to pay the said bribe amount. The complainant being against paying the bribe to the said clerk arranged Rs. 7000/- . He approached ACB P/S ACB along with bribe money of Rs.7000/- for taking necessary action against the said clerk,” the statement read.
“On the receipt of the said complaint a case FIR No. 05/2019 U/S 5 (2) of J&K PC Act SVT-2006, 4-A (amendment) Act-2014 was registered in PS ACB Anantnag,” officials stated, adding that, “Accordingly a trap team was constituted and the accused was caught red handed while demanding and accepting Rs.7000/-”
The statement said that during the course of investigation the statements of trap team members along with independent witness were recorded u/s 161 CrPC which corroborated and established the fact of demand and acceptance of bribe by the accused. After obtaining sanction from the Government, chargesheet was produced in court of law.
As per the statement the next date of hearing has been fixed on 3-4-2021. (KNB)