|ACB attaches properties of then CPO Budgam, ex-JE Housing Board Bemina|
|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
SRINAGAR, Oct 17: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) attached properties of the then Chief Planning Officer (CPO) Budgam Noor Mohammad Wani, and former JE Housing Board, Bemina, Srinagar, Tariq Ahmad Ganie, who was also arrested.
A case under FIR No 18/2019 was registered in PS ACB Srinagar against Noor Mohammad Wani, the then Chief Planning Officer Budgam for accumulation of assets disproportionate to known source of income. During the investigation it was found that the suspect in his service has raised assets disproportionate to his known source of income. He was later arrested by ACB and searches were conducted at his residence during which various incriminating documents related to the assets and other properties were seized. The land and building valued at 41 lakh have been attached by ACB in the case. The market value of the asset is in crore.
Another case under FIR No 18/2020 was registered in PS ACB Srinagar against one Tariq Ahmad Ganie, JE Housing Board, Bemina, Srinagar on the allegations that huge suspicious transactions have been made in his various bank accounts by the contractors/beneficiaries which have been obtained by him in the form of gratification/ consideration pertaining to the various works of the department. During the course of verification, it was revealed that Tariq Ahmad Ganie, JE Housing Board holds various accounts in different branches of J&K Bank. As per the salary statement provided by the Housing Board, from 1st January 2018 to 30th September, 2020, the accused JE has received a net payable amount of salary of Rs 10,08,892, which stands deposited in his salary account(s). However, it was found that in the same period, an amount of approximately Rs 3 Crore 30 lakh was deposited in six accounts of said JE through various transactions, which is disproportionate to his income (approx 3000%). It was also revealed that the said amount was deposited in his account through various transactions made by some contractors which have been executing works of the Housing Board, where the said JE was posted, thereby clearly indicating that the said JE was receiving huge amounts as illegal gratification/consideration with respect to execution of works from these contractors. By acting in the aforesaid manner, Tariq Ahmad Ganie, the then JE Housing Board, Bemina, Srinagar has abused his official position and has obtained undue pecuniary advantage through illegal gratification from various contractors by way of various deposits accumulated in his bank accounts.
This act also tantamount to raising of disproportionate assets. Searches were also conducted at the residential house of accused at Chandrigam, Tral, Pulwama, where incriminating material was found. Three plots of land valued at Rs 29 lakh have been attached by ACB. The market value of the assets is in crores. Further investigations in both the cases is going on.