Srinagar, Feb 17: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Thursday said it arrested naib-tehsildar Chuker in Tehsil Kunzer in Baramulla district for demanding bribe from a complainant.
“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint, wherein the complainant had alleged that Habibullah Mir, Naib Tehsildar Chuker, Tehsil Kunzer, District Baramulla was demanding bribe of Rupees 30,000 from complainant for granting permission for removing walnut tree”, the ACB said in a statement.
“The complainant approached Habibullah Mir, Naib Tehsildar for the removal of the walnut tree with his application moved through Tehsildar Kunzer. The tree as per the complainant was very old. It was about to fall anytime. There were apprehensions of tree causing damage to the house or to any family member. He approached authorities for seeking permission for cutting of tree. The Naib Tehsildar concerned after visiting the spot asked for a bribe of Rupees 30,000 for granting permission. The amount was later settled at Rupees 20,000. Out of the agreed amount the complainant deposited Rupees 10000 in the bank account of the Naib Tehsildar on the directions of accused”, reads the statement.
“ Immediately after receipt of the complaint a pre-verification was conducted by ACB into the matter. Based on pre-verification, Prima facie offences u/s 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) were made out against the alleged accused person Habibullah Mir Naib Tehsildar Kunzer. Accordingly, a case FIR No. 07/2022 was registered in Police Station ACB Baramulla u/s 7 of the PC Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) against accused public servant & investigations started.”
“During the course of investigations said accused public servant was caught red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rupees 5000 from complainant who had already taken Rupees 10,000 from him earlier through Bank accounts. The accused was immediately arrested on spot and his house was also searched during the search many incriminating documents were obtained by the searching team”, the statement reads adding further investigations in the case are going on.