ACB produces charge-sheet against former Chief Engineer UEED, others

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SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday produced charge-sheet against then Chief Engineer (CE) of Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED) Mohammad Hanif Lone and others in a disproportionate assets case.
A spokesman of ACB said that the bureau produced charge-sheet in a case registered vide Section 5(1)(e) read with 5(2) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act & 109 of RPC against Lone for possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and against his wife and sister-in-law for abetment of offences in Court of Special Judge Anti Corruption Srinagar.
During investigation, accused was found in the possession of immovable properties, including one double-storey house on one kanal of land at Wanbal Rawalpora Srinagar, one double storey house on one kanal and three marlas of land at Naz Colony Bandipora, one double storey house on one kanal 13 marlas land at Khandyal Gurez, one flat in Tawi Apartments at Sidhra Jammu, one flat in Royal Apartments at Talab Tillo Jammu, one flat in Gulposh Apartments at Bemina Srinagar, one three storey shopping structure at Bandipora and three kanals land at Mujgund Srinagar.
The spokesman said the accused Chief Engineer was also found to have accumulated huge movable assets including seven personal cars, bank balance of Rs 2.18 crore, Rs 6,58,000 cash, foreign currency, LIC policies, Metlife policies and mutual funds.
He said investigation established that value of assets possessed by accused Chief Engineer Lone is hugely disproportionate (129 per cent) to the income received by him from all sources, which constitute an offence of criminal misconduct under Section 5(1)(e) read with 5(2) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006 against him.
Investigation also revealed that the wife and sister-in-law of accused have facilitated him in raising assets from money earned through corrupt practices by allowing to invest clandestinely in different properties in their names, which tantamount to offence of abetment under Section 109 of RPC read with J&K 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006 against them. The spokesman said all the three accused were produced in Anti Corruption Court Srinagar and charge-sheet was filed against them, after Government accorded sanction for prosecution, adding that next date of hearing has been fixed on March I, 2021.

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