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J&K Excise Scam: After two decades, Jammu Court finds accused guilty of forgery
10/28/2020 11:57:30 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Oct, 28: Almost after more than two decades, the Jammu Court has found the accused guilty of forgery and cheating in the much infamous 1996-96 Excise Scam of Jammu and Kashmir.
After 24 years of filing of the charge-sheet by the Crime Branch Jammu in then popularly Excise Scam 1995- 96, the Court of Additional Sessions Judge have found that the accused prima facie guilty of the Commission of offences of cheating and forgery which then caused loss of around three crore to the govt.
The order was announced on Wednesday by the Judge Tahir Khurshid Raina. However, charge will now be framed against the accused on the next date, provided the physical hearing in the courts shall resume, which have been suspended in view of COVID pandemic.
A scam in the Excise Department Jammu surfaced in the year 1995 -96 caused loss of around three crores to the government exchequer. The scam related to payment of contract bid of country liquor vends which was then allotted by the government to Messers Kuldip Singh and Co, for supply of country liquor vends to six different groups in Jammu Province.
The contract bid amount fixed to be given by the firm to the Excise Department was Rs 13.23 crores which was to be paid by the firm in24 fortnight installments in a year starting from first April 1995 to March 31, 1996.
At the end of the financial year, the DC Excise Jammu made a verification of the bid amount paid by the firm and found some receipts and vouchers doubtful. He sent the same to the concerned treasury and banks and on verification it was found that there is a huge variation in the amount paid by the firm and that of those vouchers and receipts presented to Excise office with a requisition memo for grant of permit for purchasing liquor.
However, on surfacing the fraud committed by the accused firm, a complaint was filed by the then Deputy Commissioner Excise Jammu J S Modi to the Crime Branch Jammu following which a case was registered under relevant sections.
On the basis of investigation produced by the Crime Branch Jammu, charge sheet was filed against 16 accused persons for commission of offences
The accused includes - Hansraj Mangotra rtd IAS officer, Manoj mangotra s/o Hansraj mangotra, Amardeep Sharma s/o Manmohan Sharma, Kuldip Singh s/o Sarak Dev Singh Jamwal, Rashpal Singh s/o Gian Singh (Dead) Rameshwar Singh s/o Gian Singh, Ripu Daman Sharma s/o Manmohan Sharma, Ashok Agarwal s/o Shadi Lal (Dead), Sudershan Singh Jamwal s/o Narinder Singh, Thakur Shiv Ram s/o Rangu Ram (Dead), Moolraj s/o Amar Nath (Dead), Sunil Masih Matto s/o Safiq Masih Matto, Surinder Singh s/o Balwant Singh (Dead) , Narinder Sharma s/o Isher Dass, Sardari Lal s/o Isher Days (Dead), Randhir Singh s/o Gian Singh.
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