Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Nirbhaya case: Convict Mukesh Kumar seeks urgent hearing in SC against rejection of mercy plea | MHA to sign agreement with NDFB, ABSU today, accord to give political and economic benefits to Bodos | 14-Delhi bound trains delayed due to low visibility in Northern Railway region | Women Cricketers smell a rat in selection of players by JKCA | Suspended DSP was spending millions on new villa | GOI ignoring Mehbooba by extending olive branch to Beigh? | To give Mehbooba a message Jammu PDP invites Beigh as chief guest in R Day function | Influential’ shopkeeper provokes traders for protests in Srinagar | District Administration Jammu plays truant with displaced people of Satwari | Imran Khan always sought war, not peace | JE demands Rs 30,000 as commission from contractor for clearing bills | Kept moving here and there while anthem was being played | Some Cong leaders avoid singing Vandematram during Republic Day function | Lt Governor hoists National Flag at R-Day function | R-Day passes off peacefully in Kashmir main function presided over by Guv's advisor | Day chill intensifies, night temp settled above normal in Kashmir | Traffic to ply from Jammu to Srinagar for 2nd day today | Police arrest accused of BSF Parcel IED case | 'Back to Village' themed tableau of J-K showcases rich heritage, traditional art of region | Army: Jaish-e-Mohammed leadership in Kashmir wiped out, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen left with only 1 commander | Rana describes preamble of constitution as cornerstone of Indian democracy | Unfortunate that J&K Cong chief was not invited to official R-Day function, says party | Republic Day celebrated across Jammu amid tight security arrangements | 3.9-magnitude quake hits snow-bound Bhaderwah | MC Anantnag turns newly constructed By-Pass road into dumping site | Lt Governor hosts Republic Day ‘At Home’ | Mobile phone services in Kashmir now restored | There can never be any referendum in J&K , says PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig | CGPWA celebrates R-Day with fervor | Spirit of the Indian Republic | J&K Bank on way to recovery | Various political , social organizations celebrate 71st Republic Day | 71st Republic Day celebrated with national fervor in Ladakh | At freezing temperature, Indian Army celebrates 71st Republic Day at LoC | J&K Housing Board organises awareness programme under ANGIKAAR campaign | Society expresses gratitude to Advisor (F) for considering demands | Famous Sunday market in Srinagar closed for security reasons | Air India distributes 30,000 national flags among its passengers | Abducted girl rescued from Udhampur, accused held | Redress issues of KPs | Short circut sets ablaze three houses in Lohilbela Tranger area | Back Issues  
news details
Court directs further investigation in DA Case
ACB files closure report after 22 years
10/18/2019 10:12:16 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Oct 18: In much publicized disproportionate assets case against Deputy Director Food & Supplies registered by then Vigilance Organization Kashmir now Anti-corruption Bureau, the closure report was filed.
Additional Special Judge Anticorruption Kashmir RN Wattal after considering the closure report observed that matter requires further investigation in light of the points raised in order. Same therefore, compels this court not to accept the final report and same is accordingly returned to SSP VOK in terms of section 173 (8) of CrPC for further investigation of the case with the direction to the SSP VOK to get the matter investigated by an officer not below the rank of DySP and conclude the investigation within a period of three months from the receipt of this report.
The final report owes its origin to the FIR No. 88/1997 offence u/s 5(2) PC Act registered on written complaint lodged by General Secretary Peoples Welfare Forum against Shabir Ahmad Kanth the then Deputy Director (Admn) Food and Supplies Department Kashmir having misappropriated huge amount of government money by corrupt and illegal means in league with Mohammad Ashraf Shantoo Assistant Director, Iftikhar Banday, Additional Director Ghulam Nabi Shigan, A.A.O Mehraj-ud-din Khan Transport Officer, Khursheed Alam and Fayaz Ahmad Store Keepers of Food and Supplies Department and also having accumulated huge assets disproportionate to his known source of income in shape of 60 kanals of land that include 10 kanals at Bye-pass and 50 kanals at Hazratbal and bank accounts/deposits outside state at Delhi and Bangalore.
It is also alleged that accused was a partner of Shamiyana Restaurant at Boulevard at Srinagar, and also purchased Bungalows at Greater Kailash Delhi, Gandhi Nagar Jammu. It is also alleged that Deputy Director concerned in league with other staff members sold the food grains in black market and also fixed rates of transporters on higher side. Further it is alleged that the FCI was sending hundred to two hundred trucks of food grains on daily basis to valley and only 60% of these food grains used to reach valley and 40% of out of the same was being sold in black market. About 30 lacks of gunny bags were sold by the accused by taking recourse to fire incident at Gulab Bagh Godown.
The investigation commenced and during investigation statements of witnesses were recorded. It is observed in the report that the allegations being multifarious constrained the investigating agency to investigate the matter outside the State and restricted itself only to the receipt and dispatch of the food grains. It also transpires from the final report that assets of accused were verified from revenue agencies and allegations were found baseless. As regards the bank accounts outside in Delhi and Bangalore same could not be verified. The accused was not found the partner of the Shamiyana Restaurant and misappropriation of the 50% of the food grains was found to be wrong. In the operative part of report it reveals that the allegations in the FIR were not substantiated and investigation in the case was closed as not proved.
Court observed that the complications involved in the investigations of the case with multifaceted allegations and its ramifications outside the state constrained the investigating agency to restrict investigation to the checking of receipt and dispatch of food grains only." Additional Sessions Judge Anticorruption Kashmir RN Wattal observed that the casual and mechanical way of investigation is obvious and crystal clear from the observation of I.O in the final report itself. Multifaceted allegations though a challenge does not construe and impediment in the investigation of the case. It was not a big thing for VOK being a prime and professional investigating agency in corruption cases in the State. Moreover, what could have been ramifications in the investigating the case outside the State does not transpire from the report. Same is an exhibition of lame excuse with a conscious mind that can lead to an adverse inference. Another aspect of the case is that property of the accused that he was having during check period has not been investigated thoroughly as the report is silent about the same. The property in the shape of residential buildings in Delhi, Bangalore and Jammu that the accused was having has not been investigated as the final report is silent about the same. The allegations against other officers have not been thoroughly investigated as it revealed from final report and send back to ACB for further investigation. (JNF)
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center