JAMMU, 23 May: ACB entraps and arrests Bashir Ahmad, Junior Assistant, Department of Social Welfare, Sopore for asking for and accepting a bribe for the payment of financial assistance to a disabled person: searches carried out
The Anti-Corruption Bureau has received a complaint alleging that Bashir Ahmad working as a clerk at the tehsil welfare office, Sopore demands a bribe from the complainant for payment of financial assistance to a disabled person .
The Complainant alleged that he is a resident of Adipora, Sopore and his wife is a disabled person. She received financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare. The financial aid was stopped a few years ago. He contacted the social welfare office of tehsil Sopore. He was advised to obtain a new medical certificate from his wife. Thereupon, the applicant presented the new medical certificate. Despite the presentation of the required documents, the financial aid was not returned by the officials concerned. He constantly continued to visit the social welfare office in Tehsil for the restoration of financial aid. Bashir Ahmad, Jr. Asstt. asked for a bribe? 5000 for the processing of his file. The plaintiff asked Bashir Ahmad to have mercy on him as he is poor and unable to pay the bribe. But Bashir Ahmad ignored the plaintiff’s request. Thereupon, the plaintiff approached ACB and demanded action against this corrupt and ruthless government official.
As the contents of the complaint prima facie reveal the commission of a punishable offense U/S 7 of the PC Act 1988 by the accused official, namely Bashir Ahmad, an employee of the social welfare office of Tehsil Sopore. As a result, an FIR case No. 16/2022 was registered at the Anti-Corruption Office of Baramulla Police Station and the investigation was opened. Immediately after the registration of the case, trap teams were formed. The team caught the accused official in the act of demanding and accepting a bribe from the complainant. He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in the presence of independent witnesses. Searches were also carried out at the home of the accused. It is relevant to mention here that the accused was already on trial in PS VOK case FIR No. 22/2004. This case concerns the “embezzlement of government funds”. funds to be distributed among the beneficiaries of the national old-age pension scheme’.
Further investigation is underway.