Valley News Desk

Srinagar, Nov 11, KDC: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has filed a charge-sheet in a local court here against Mohd Riyasat and Khazir Mohammad, the then Executive Engineers, PHE, Ghulam Nabi, the then AEE PHE Sub Division Khansahib and beneficiary Contractors for illegal extension in works at Budgam, reported news agency KDC.

In a statement to news agency KDC ACB said “The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) produced Charge sheet in Case FIR No. 13/2017 P/S VOK (now ACB), under section 13/2017 U/S 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act, Svt-2006 and Section 120(B) RPC against Mohd Riyasat, the then Executive Engineer, Khazir Mohammad, the then Executive Engineer, Ghulam Nabi, the then AEE PHE Sub Division Khansahib, Mushtaq Ahmad and Rashid Mohiudin (Contractors), in the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Srinagar”.

They said “The instant case was registered on the basis of outcome of the verification conducted by Vigilance Organization Kashmir (Now ACB) into the allegations leveled in complaint lodged by Allaqa Behbood Committee, Budgam, which revealed that the then Executive Engineer, PHE Division Budgam, Khazir Mohd, during the execution of works for construction of Chowkidar Quarter including construction of Sand Filtration Plant at Doodhpathri for WSS Doodhpathri (NABARAD) has extended the work to the tune of Rs. 32,18,095/= arbitrarily in violation of codal procedure in favour of blue eyed contractor on the recommendations of the then AEE against the actual advertised cost of Rs. 4.41 lakh”.

“Similarly, an extension of Rs. 27.99 lakh was accorded by Mohammad Riyasat, the then Executive Engineer during the execution of work of construction of Spring Protection Work at head site WSS Gujjar Basti Lanilab(NRDWP) in favour of contractor, Rashid Mohi-ud-Din on the recommendation of then AEE against actual advertised cost of Rs. 4.41 lakh. By acting in this manner, the aforementioned officers/officials in league with each other and with beneficiary contractors, and by abuse of their official positions to confer undue pecuniary advantage in favour of two contractors have given the total extension of Rs. 60.17 lakh, for the above mentioned two works without complying with the requisite codal formalities under the alibi of urgency” (SIC) statement reads.

All the accused persons were presented before the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Srinagar for further legal action. Further trial of the case will proceed in due course. The next day of hearing is 16/12/2020, they added. (KDC)