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3 yrs on, probe into Verinag Development Authority scam incomplete
9/26/2020 11:53:50 PM
Saahil Suhail
Early Times Report

Anantnag, Sept 26: Despite the passage of almost three years now, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has not completed probe into Verinag Development Authority scam.
Well placed sources revealed to Early Times that the engineering team of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) hasn’t yet visited Sarbal Lake to ascertain whether the works executed by Verinag Development Authority exist or not.
They said that the probe into this scam was deliberately being delayed as the prime accused was a close relative of a former legislator who has also served as Minister in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State.

Sarbal Lake, around 20 kilometers away from the famous tourist spot Verinag, is located in the midst of Peerpanchal forests. The lake isn’t connected to a road and as such one who intends to visit has to trek on foot.
The Vigilance Organization of Kashmir (VOK) now Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had registered a case against the officials of Verinag Development Authority was registered way back in 2017 after the agency found that they had violated the rules during the execution of works at Verinag and Sarbal.
Then in a statement, the agency had claimed on the outcome of a verification conducted into the allegations that officials of Verinag Development have fraudulently prepared liability worth Rs 28.00 crore without doing any work on ground, it has found that then CEO Verinag Development Authority Nazir Ahmad Thakur, Executive Engineers Abdul Rashid Lone and Rummy Raina, Accounts Officers Mohammad Maqbool War and Abdul Rashid Bawani, camp clerk namely Manzoor Ahmad Bhat have in total violations of rules accorded approvals to different works against DPR of Greater Verinag mostly in favour of blue eyed person.
Agency also said that during the verification the accused public servants have also extended undue benefit to blue eyed persons for allotment of different works against DPR Sarbal Lake in total violation of the requisite procedure, besides rates allotted are highly exorbitant which resulted in huge loss to State exchequer.
A case FIR No 29/2017 under section 5(2) of JK P.C Act Svt 2006, section 120-B RPC in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir was registered against accused persons namely Nazir Ahmad Thakur S/o Ali Mohammaf Thakur R/o Lasjam Budgam, Ab Rashid Lone S/o Gh Mohammad Lone R/o wanbal Rawalpora Srinagar, then Executive Engineer Verinag Development Authority Roomy Raina, then Executive Engineer, Verinag Development Authority Mohammed Maqbool War, then Accounts officer Abdul Rashid Bawani S/o Ab Rehman Bawani R/o Doru Anantnag, and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat S/o Ab Gani Bhat R/o Verinag the then Camp Clerk.
Residential / office premises of accused persons at Srinagar, Verinag, and Budgam were searched out and incriminating evidence / documents with regard to movable and immovable properties was recovered, the agency had said in a statement.

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