ACB charge sheets ADs, TSOs, others

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 6: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today produced charge sheet against 39 persons, who include Assistant Directors, Tehsil Supply Officers, Supervisors, Storekeepers, Ration Dealers of Food, Civil supplies & Consumer Affair (FCS&CA) and flour Mill owners for misappropriation of Government ration.
Charge sheet was produced before Special Judge Anti-Corruption Jammu in case FIR number 14/2006 P/S VOJ (now ACB-Jammu) under Section 5 (1) (d) r/w Section 5 (2) PC Act, 2006 BK and 120-B and Section 467, 468, 471 and 120-B RPC against total 39 accused persons including Ashok Kumar Pandita, the then Assistant Director Mills Jammu.
The said case was registered on basis of JSC wherein it was alleged that the ration under (BPL) Below Poverty Line, (AAY) Antodya Anna Yojna and (APS) and Annapurna Schemes was drawn in excess in Tehsil Jammu Rural by fraudulent means and was sold in the open market.
Joint Surprise Check revealed that Gopal Dass Sharma by acting in league with K K Gandotra and others during the year 2004-2005, had fraudulently and dishonestly drawn ration viz 95007.72 qtls of Rice, 136331.03 qtls of Wheat and 35834.69 qtls of Atta under BPL and AAY schemes on subsidized rates during the year 2004-05 as against the actual requirement of 48,723 qtls of rice and 48,723 qtls of Wheat only.
The food grains drawn in excess of the actual requirements had fraudulently and dishonestly been shown issued to ration dealers and stood disposed off by above named public servants to confer undue benefit upon themselves to the tune of Rs 6, 08, 91,039/-. In a similar manner from November 2004 to March 2005, Gopal Dass Sharma, K K Gandotra and others had also drawn excess quantity of 601 qtls of rice on account of ration meant for distribution free of cost among the rationees categorized under Annapurna Scheme and fraudulently/dishonestly shown issued to various non-existent ration dealers and misappropriated Rs 5, 40,900/- as cost of rice.
These public servants in this manner had conferred upon themselves undue pecuniary advantage of Rs 6, 14, 31,939/- thereby causing corresponding loss to the State exchequer.
The next date of hearing in the instant case FIR has been fixed on February 4, 2022.