Srinagar, Sept 16 : The Anti-Corruption Bureau trapped and arrested a patwari in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district for demanding and accepting bribe from a complainant for providing of revenue extracts.
In a statement, issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), ACB received a complaint, wherein the complainant alleged that Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari of Halqa Mufalpora in district Kupwara is demanding bribe for providing revenue extracts.
The statement reads that the complainant alleged that the accused Patwari was adopting delaying tactics and was not preparing revenue extracts which were required by the complainant for registration of sale deed for the land purchased by him recently.
“The complainant had also deposited necessary fee of ₹ 420 in the form of GR in Tehsil office Kupwara on 14-02-2022. It was also alleged by the complainant that said patwari had already taken bribe of ₹10,000 from them and is demanding more for providing revenue extracts,” it reads.
It added that upon receiving the instant complaint prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out and consequently case FIR No. 02/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla.
“Subsequently, a trap team was constituted. The trap team caught the patwari red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of ₹ 5000/- from the complainant. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team,” it reads.
It added that the bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses, while further investigations of the case is going on—(KNO)