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ACB arrests revenue officers for demanding Rs 5 lakh bribe

Last Updated on July 19, 2022 at 8:17 am

A written complaint was submitted to the Anti Corruption Bureau alleging that Mohammad Younis, the Tehsildar, and Gh. Rasool Hajam, the Naib-Tehsildar of the Tehsil Office Shalteng, are demanding a bribe of 5 lakh in exchange for allowing the complainants to operate their business on Nazool property. This land was transferred in their favour under the controversial Roshni Act.

Both revenue officers requested a payment of 5 lakh from the complainants in exchange for enabling them to operate their business on the aforementioned land. It was agreed that the bribe would be paid in instalments. The complainants were required to pay a first instalment of 2 lakh. However, the complainants petitioned the Anti Corruption Bureau to take legal action against the accused public workers before paying the bribe sum to the accused parties.

The complaint Case FIR No. 29/2022 U/S 7 PC Act 1988 r/w 120-B IPC was registered in the Bureau and investigation was taken up. During the course of investigation a trap team was constituted. The team laid a successful trap and caught red-handed Gh. Rasool Hajam, Naib Tehsildar, Shalteng while demanding and accepting the bribe amount of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant as first instalment of Rs 5 lakh. The bribe money was recovered from the possession of the accused namely Gh. Rasool Hajam, Naib Tehsildar, Batmaloo in presence of independent witness. Mohammad Younis Bangroo, Tehsildar Shalteng was arrested by the ACB team.

Following the searches at the Tehsil office in Shalteng, searches were later conducted at the alleged accused public servants’ homes and official quarters. The matter is currently the subject of further inquiry.