Clerk arrested for accepting Rs 2,000 bribe in Baramulla: ACB

J&K Anti-corruption Bureau Friday arrested a clerk posted at Tehsil office Singhpora Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla for allegedly accepting Rs 2,000 for settlement of a grievance.

An ACB spokesman said that a complainant alleged that Hilal Ahmad, Clerk, Tehsil office Singhpora, Baramulla was demanding a bribe of Rs 2000 for settling a grievance of the complainant.

The complainant alleged that land measuring 1 Kanal falling under survey No. 193, 192, 214, 264 Intikal No. 191, Khewat No. 38 situated at Daslipora Pattan District Baramulla is his ancestral property and the same has been “grabbed by Khatija (sister of his father), resident of Guroo Bazar Srinagar”.

“For settlement of the issue the complainant on many occasions approached revenue authorities of tehsil Singhpora but they keep on delaying the matter. The complainant had also applied before the Tehsildar Singhpora, Pattan, District Baramulla for settlement of grievances”, the ACB said.

“The application filed by the complainant with Tehsildar Singhpora was duly marked by Tehsildar Singhpora to the Naib Tehsildar concerned for verification and for taking appropriate necessary action. When the complainant approached the office of Naib Tehsildar Singhpora for redressing grievance and for conducting verification and taking appropriate action as directed by Tehsildar, they refuse to take any action and keep delaying the same because the complainant refused to give them any bribe which was demanded by a clerk namely Hilal Ahmad who is posted in Naib Tehsil office Singhpora”, it added.

It said the contents of the complaint prima facie disclosed the commission of the offence as defined under section 7 of the P.C Act 1988, accordingly, a Case FIR No. 04/2022 was registered at Police Station ACB Baramulla against Hilal Ahmad, posted as clerk in Tehsil Office Singhpora, Baramulla.

As per the ACB, a trap team caught Hilal Ahmad “red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 2,000 from the complainant”.

He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team even as the bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses.

Further investigations of the case are going on, ACB said.