J-K ACB catches Patwari taking bribe red-handed

A Patwari was arrested by the J&K Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths while taking bribe in central Kashmir district of Budgam, an official said here on Friday.

He said that a complaint was received by ACB that a Patwari — Irshad Ahmad Dar, Patwari Halqa Kulbugh, Khansahib, Badgam — was demanding Rs 5000 as bribe for providing/issuing Fard Intikhab (revenue extracts) of land in favour of the complainant.

“Immediately, on receipt of this complaint, Case FIR No.19/2020 in PS ACB Srinagar U/S 7 Prevention of Corruption Act was registered,” he said, adding a team was constituted to lay a trap.

He said the Patwari was caught red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 5000 from the complainant. “The accused was immediately taken into custody,” he said.

“Further investigation of the case is going on,” he added.