Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday claimed to have trapped and arrested an Assistant Engineer of Rural Development Department (RDD) Block Pahalgam, Anantnag for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5000 for processing the bills of Rs 98,776.
As per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Anti Corruption Bureau received a complainant alleging that Shakeel Ahmad Dar, Assistant Engineer, Rural Development Department, Block Pahalgam, Anantnag is demanding bribe of Rs 5,000 from complainant for processing the pending bill of Rs 98,776.
“The complainants alleged that he is contractor by profession and he has done the work under MGNAREGA scheme titled as “R/Wall Nazir Merisi to Qasim bokad via Gh Rasool bokad at Gowass” amount of work Rs 98,776, but the said Engineer is demanding Rs 5,000 from him as bribe,” ACB said.
“On receipt of the complaint, a case under FIR number 05/2022 under section 7 PC Act 1988 was registered in PS ACB Anantnag and investigation taken up,” it said.
“During the course of investigation a trap team constituted. The team laid a successful trap and caught red handed Shakeel Ahmad Dar, Assistant Engineer, Rural Development Department, Block Pahalgam, Anantnag while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from complainant. He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team.
The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses. Further investigations are going on,” ACB said—(KNO)