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Top flour mill owners of Jammu under scanner in Udhampur FCI scam

Last Updated on March 14, 2021 at 3:09 pm

After the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB attached properties worth crores of a former Food Corporation of India official, now a family of top flour mill owners of Jammu has come under scanner.

ACB attached the properties worth crores belonging to Rakesh Kumar Pargal, the then Chief Supervisor, FCI Godown, Udhampur and former Incharge Vigilance Squad in Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. This is in addition to earlier attachment by ACB of Dogri Haveli, Udhampur.

On the basis of a preliminary inquiry to verify the facts that Rakesh Kumar Pargal, by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices, has amassed huge assets worth crores of rupees in the form of immovable/moveable properties disproportionate to his known sources of income.

House of Rakesh Kumar Pargal attached by ACB
House of Rakesh Kumar Pargal attached by ACB

During preliminary enquiry it was found that official has raised assets several times higher than the genuine income earned by the official from the service period.

During enquiry, it surfaced that Rakesh Kumar Pargal has amassed huge assets worth crores of rupees in his own name and in the name of his family members. Accordingly Case FIR No. 01/2020 in PS ACB Udhampur was registered against him. After registration of FIR, searches were conducted during which 285 gms gold, incriminating material, documents were seized.

Some accounts/lockers were also frozen after being found suspicious. Rakesh Pargal is also involved in Case FIR No. 01/2020 in PS ACB Doda regarding misappropriation of Rs 260 Crores on account of cost of wheat grains, transportation charges, labour charges, grinding charges drawn on the basis of fictitious and false bills. He was also arrested by ACB in this case.

It is pertinent to mention here that he was initially appointed as daily wager in September, 1984 in TSO office Chenani and remained posted in AD office Udhampur, Chief Supervisor (FCS&CA) Deptt) FCI Godown Udhampur.

He remained under suspension w.e.f 26-06-2009 to 19-09-2012 (Attached with Directorate Office Jammu) for his involvement in a case which is still under trial in the Court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption Udhampur.

As per an official statement by ACB, “During the course of investigation it has been found that the accused Rakesh Kumar Pargal by indulging in corrupt and illegal activities has raised commercial building namely Feeling Farm Banquet Hall worth crores of rupees on land measuring 7 Kanals and 5 marlas on the name of Amit Mahajan and Sumit Mahajan son of Kasturi Lal Mahajan resident of 51 B/C Gandhi Nagar and one three storey residential building worth crores at Rakh Badali, Devika Vihar Colony Udhampur purchased by Amit Mahajan and Sumit Mahajan Veena Mahajan, and Late Kasturi Lal Mahajan from J&K Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd Jammu as Benami Properties”.

The Feeling Farm Banquet Hall and Residential Buildings have been attached by Anti Corruption Bureau under Section 8-B of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act. Svt. 2006.