ACB arrests Patwari for Demanding, accepting Rs1.65 lakh bribe in Budgam

Srinagar, May 21 (KNS): Anti-Corruption Bureau on Saturday said to have trapped and arrested Patwari Halqa Wahabpora, for demanding bribe of Rs one lakh and sixty five thousand from complainant for issuance of revenue extracts.

Statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) reads, “Anti corruption Bureau received a complaint against Bashir Ahmad Dar of Saidpora Beerwah posted as Patwari, Halqa, Wahabpora, Budgam regarding accepting bribe from complainant of Rs 1,65,000 for issuance of revenue extracts to the complainant etc".

“The complainant alleged that he wanted to sell 15 marlas of land situated at Wahabpora, Budgam for which he was in need of revenue extracts and approached Patwari concerned".

The Patwari, in turn demanded huge bribe from him for issuance of the documents and compelled him to pay Rs one lakh in advance and demanded Rs 65,000 more for the same. In these circumstances complainant approached ACB for taking legal action against the Patwari, it added.

“As the contents of the complaint prima facie disclose commission of offence as defined under section 7 of the PC Act 1988 accordingly a case FIR No 19/2022 was registered at PS ACB Srinagar and investigations were started,” statement reads.

The statement further reads that immediately after registration of the case, a trap team was constituted. “The team trapped Patwari Bashir Ahmad Dar red handed while demanding and accepting bribe from complainant at Beerwah Budgam.”

The accused Patwari has been immediately arrested on spot and searches were also conducted in the office and residence of the accused, statement reads, adding that further investigations in case is going on.(KNS) 

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