AEE, JE suspended on corruption charges

Excelsior Correspondent
REASI, Nov 9: An Assistant Executive Engineer and Junior Engineer of Rural Engineering Wing have been placed under suspension for demanding and accepting bribe for clearing bill of a construction work.
District Development Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal suspended AEE Surinder Kumar Sharma and JE Jagdish Raj after preliminary enquiry was conducted on complaint filed by MLA Reasi Baldev Raj Sharma.
DDC released an amount of Rs 2.38 Lakh under Constituency Development Fund of MLA for construction of road at Panassa. As per the complaint AEE and JE demanded bribe of Rs 40,000 for clearing the bill out of which Rs 25,000 was paid by Prithvi Dass son of Sakhi Dass in presence of Sudesh Kumar son of  Puran Chand.
The complainant alleged that bill was withheld as AEE and JE were demanding remaining 15000. MLA Reasi lodged a formal complaint before the DDC in the matter and original complaint along with supporting documents and affidavits were also submitted.
After preliminary verification of facts, the DDC placed both officials under suspension and attached in the office of Assistant Commissioner Revenue.
A thorough enquiry into the matter has been ordered. An enquiry committee comprising of Assistant Commissioner Development Joginder Rai, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Tilak Raj Shastri and Executive Engineer PHE Nissar Khan has been directed by the DDC to submit the findings within a period of two weeks for further action in the matter.