JAMMU, Nov 9: Additional Sessions Judge Anticorruption Jammu, Sanjay Parihar, today framed corruption charges against Devinder Kumar Sharma, the then Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Division Jammu, Tilak Raj Sargotra, the then Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Division-I Jammu presently Superintending Engineer Police Housing Corporation, Mahesh Sharma and Suraj Kumar Bamotra, the then Assistant Accounts Officers, suppliers Nazir Ahmed Tramboo, Alla-ud-Din Choudhary, Zia-ud-Din Choudhary and Nzair Ahmed, Prop M/s M&Co Bye Pass Road, Sidhra.
According to the Vigilance case, the accused officers in connivance with the suppliers purchased flournite concrete hardener at highly exorbitant rates during the period between 2003 and 2005 for the Construction Division-I Jammu.
The accused officers purchased 50 quintals of hardener from each of the suppliers at highly exorbitant rates of Rs 44 per kilogram. The orders were placed without any competition in order to confer undue benefit upon themselves and the suppliers.
During investigation, it was found that part of flournite concrete hardener was purchased from M/s National Tiles Works, Delhi, which during enquiry confirmed the rate of flournite concrete hardener as Rs 4 per kilogram excluding freight and taxes.
After hearing Senior Advocatye PN Raina and Advocates Inder Singh, Manohar Singh and BS Bali for the accused persons whereas Senior Prosecuting Officer Himanshu Gupta for the Vigilance Organization, Additional Sessions Judge Anticorruption Jammu, Sanjay Parihar observed, “prima-facie ground for presuming that the accused have committed offence under Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120-B RPC has been made”.
Accordingly, the Senior Prosecuting Officer was directed to lead the evidence in support of charges.