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J&K Government dismisses two forest officials for their involvement in 2012 CET scam

Last Updated on May 20, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Coming down heavily on corrupt practices of the Jammu and Kashmir officials, Forest, Ecology and Environment Department Thursday dismissed services of a Range Officer and a Forester for their involvement in the Common Entrance Test, 2012 scam.

As per the order of dismissal issued in this regard by Commissioner Secretary, Forest, Ecology and Environment Department, Sanjeev Verma, Range Officer-II, the then Wildlife Warden, Kishtwar, Altaf Hussain Shah, and DDR Forester, the then In-charge DFO Social Forestry, Kupwara, Mohammed Amin Mir had been found involved in the common Entrance Test, 2012 scam following which a case FIR Number 24 of 2013 was lodged against the officers by the Crime Branch, Kashmir. 

The order quoted Crime Branch, Kashmir’s communication of May 12, 2014, asserting that the then, Joint Director, Forest Protection Force (FPF) Kashmir IFS Javed Ahmed Andrabi was appointed as inquiry officer to enquire into the charges levelled against these two officers.  “The inquiry officers have provisionally concluded the penalty of ‘censure’ be imposed on the accused officers regarding their unauthorized absence from the duties pending the outcome of criminal proceedings before the Anti Corruption Court in Srinagar,” Verma’s order quoted.