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JAMMU: Crime Branch has registered a criminal case against officials of Geology and Mining Department for fraudulent withdrawal of GP fund.
As per an official spokesperson of the investigating agency, the sleuths of Crime Branch Jammu registered a criminal case under relevant sections of law against employees of Geology and Mining Department viz Ajaz Mir, Drilling Engineer, the then Drawing and Disbursing Officer and Rohin Nanda Cashier for their involvement in fraudulent withdrawal of GPF of complainant and other employees of Department to the tune of Rs 33,03,447.
The official further said that a written complaint was received in Crime Branch Jammu from Deputy Secretary to Government of J&K, Industries and Commerce Deptt. Civil Secretariat Srinagar with reference to Director Geology & Mining Department, J&K Jammu’s letter alongwith connected papers regarding a complaint filed by one Shiban Lal Bhat, Drill Operator Grade-II, wherein he alleged that he applied for GP Fund in February 2020, against which sanction was accorded on March 14, 2020 and accordingly his GP Fund, amounting to Rs 17 lakh was released on March 19, 2020. However, the complainant further alleged that GPF amount was not credited in his Bank Account. After enquiry from concerned Treasury, he came to know that amount has been credited in the account of Drawing & Disbursing Officer 1st on March 19, 2020. During enquiry, the allegations have been prima-facie made out. Moreover, a serious fraud and financial embezzlement to the tune of Rs 33, 03,447 pertaining to GPF of employees found to have been committed by accused officials of Geology & Mining Department, J&K Jammu. Thus, the accused persons in furtherance of their conspiracy, cheated complainant and others with dishonest intention besides criminal breach of trust and gross criminal misconduct, he asserted.
The omissions and commissions, therefore, on the part of accused prima facie, constitute offences punishable under Sections 409, 420, 120-B of IPC read with Section 13 of Prevention of corruption Act. Accordingly, a formal case was registered in Police Station Crime Branch, Jammu against above mentioned accused persons and investigation of case is set in motion, he added.