ACB presents charge-sheet against former BDO, others for misappropriation of funds

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SRINAGAR: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has produced charge-sheet against Mohd Ramzan Bhat, the then Block Development Officer Gurez and others in case of misappropriation of funds.
As per an official spokesperson, the sleuths of ACB produced charge-sheet in the Anti-Corruption Court Baramulla in a case registered vide FIR No. 33/2009 under Section 5(1) (c) (d) read with 5(2) of Jammu & Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006 and Sections 409, 420, 120-B of RPC at Police Station ACB against Mohammad Ramzan Bhat, the then BDO Gurez; Irshad Ahmad Lone, the then Junior Assistant BDO Office Gurez, Nazir Ahmad Lone (Govt teacher) and Abdul Ahad Wani (beneficiary).
Giving details, the official said that instant case was registered on basis of an enquiry report of the then Addl. District Development Commissioner, Bandipora. The enquiry was conducted in pursuance to Govt Order No. 259-RD of 2007 dated August 23, 2007, forwarded by GAD through Deputy Secretary GAD to the erstwhile State Vigilance Organisation (now ACB) to look into the allegations of misappropriation of funds in office of Block Development Officer Gurez. The enquiry revealed that during 2003-04, prior to fire incident in BDO’s Office Gurez in March 2005, the then BDO Gurez, Mohd Ramzan Bhat and Junior Assistant Irshad Ahmad Lone had fraudulently drew an amount of Rs 17,82,466. The drawal was made by issuing self-drawls cheques of varying amounts in favour of some unknown co-operative agency and a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh in favour of one Ab Ahad Wani, against non-existent works, he added.
He further said that on basis of evidence, oral as well as documentary, collected during course of investigation, a case for commission of offences under Section 5(1) (c) (d) read with 5(2) Jammu & Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act Svt. 2006 and Sections 409, 420 and 120-B of RPC has been prima facie established against accused persons and charge-sheet has been produced in the court of law after obtaining sanction from the Government, he said, adding that next date of hearing has been fixed on May 11, 2021.