Retired PWD Suptd Engineer, AAO, 5 others charge-sheeted for executing 162 works without tenders

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Over Rs 2.53 Cr paid to blue-eyed contractors in year 2010-11

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JAMMU: The Anti Corruption Bureau on Wednesday produced charge-sheet against the retired Superintending Engineer Sunil Kumar Gupta, son of K.K Gupta, resident of H. No. 102/3 Channi Himmat Jammu, the then Executive Engineer PWD(R&B) Special Sub. Division Mahore, Reasi, Lakhdeep Singh Jamwal, son of Mohan Singh, resident of Mishriwala Jammu, the then Assistant Accounts Officer in the office of Executive Engineer PWD(R&B) Spl. Sub. Div. Mahore, Reasi and contractors Chatter Singh, son of Main Ram, resident of Kanthi Reasi, Abdul Hamid, son of Mohammdoo, resident of Bagha Reasi, Mohd Haif, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Dharmari Reasi, Farman Ali, son of Juma, resident of Dharmari Reasi and Mohd Afzal, son of Jamal Din, resident of Bagga Reasi, before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Udhampur.
FIR 17/13 was registered under Sections 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act Svt. 2006 & Section 120-B, 201 RPC, was registered against accused for execution of 162 works departmentally during financial year 2010-11 involving total amount of Rs 2,53,87,520 without inviting any tenders, thereby defeating the purpose of rationality of rates and got works executed through professional contractors and made payment without deducting service tax. During verification, it was revealed that the works were executed departmentally on emergent basis through the agency whose land and houses were falling under the alignment of road constructed in the division. During the course of verification, it was found that most of the works were found executed through contractors Chatter Singh, son of Main Ram, resident of Kanthi, Reasi, Abdul Hamid son of Muhammdoo, resident of Bagha, Reasi, Mohd. Haif, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Dharmari, Reasi and Farman Ali son of Juma, resident of Dharmari Reasi.
The ACB verification further revealed that XEn R&B Special Sub Division Mahore Reasi Sunil Gupta had abused his official position and allotted the works amounting to Rs.2.53 crores approximately to contractors under the garb of departmental execution and further benefitted them by not deducting service tax while releasing payments in their favour. The works were got executed departmentally by XEn R&B Special Sub Division Mahore, Reasi by deliberately fragmenting them in parts so as to bring them within financial competence and undue benefits have been conferred upon blue eyed contractors by first allotting them work without inducing any competition and further releasing payments in their favour without deducting service tax from their payments. The payments worth Rs.2,53,87,520 have been released without deducting service tax.
Further investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau Rajouri has established that accused persons namely Sunil Gupta the then XEn and Lakhdeep Singh the then AAO of Special Sub Division PWD R&B Mahore by abuse of their official position and in furtherance of criminal conspiracy with contractors had manipulated the official record and had not deliberately charged the service tax which was admissible @ 10 per cent for their own pecuniary wrongful gain and have caused huge loss for an amount of Rs.18,23,396 to the state exchequer.
After completing the investigation of case, sanction for launching of prosecution of the accused in-service public servant was also obtained from the competent authority and accordingly Anti-Corruption Bureau produced charge sheet against Sunil Kumar Gupta, son of K.K Gupta, resident of H. No. 102/3 Channi Himmat Jammu, then Executive Engineer PWD(R&B) Spl. Sub. Division Mahore, Reasi (now retired as SE), Lakhdeep Singh Jamwal, son of Mohan Singh, resident of Mishriwala Jammu, the then Assistant Accounts Officer in the office of Executive Engineer PWD(R&B) Spl. Sub. Div. Mahore, Reasi & private beneficiaries (all contractors) namely Chatter Singh, son of Main Ram, resident of Kanthi Reasi, Abdul Hamid, son of Mohammdoo, resident of Bagha Reasi, Mohd Haif, son of abdul Rashid, resident of Dharmari Reasi, Farman Ali, son of Juma, resident of Dharmari Reasi and Mohd Afzal, son of Jamal Din resident of Bagga Reasi before Court of Spl. Judge Anti-Corruption Court Udhampur.
The next date of hearing in the case has been fixed for May, 1, 2021.