ACB produces chargesheet against Pranav Gandotra in DA case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 17: In Disproportionate Assets case, Anti Corruption Bureau today produced chargesheet against Pranav Gandotra, Senior Assistant, then posted as Incharge Tehsil Supply Officer, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Rajouri.
Chargesheet in case FIR number 35/2018, under section 5(1) (e) read with section 5(2) of J&K PC Act Svt 2006 and section 109, 120-B RPC of P/S VOJ (now ACB), was produced against Pranav Gandotra, his mother Shashi Gandotra and his wife namely Pooja Wattal alias Pooja Gandotra, resident of Flat No. 1203/1204, Royal Palm Apartment, Akhnoor Road, Toph Sherkhania, Jammu.
The instant case of Disproportionate Assets, registered against the accused Pranav Gandotra, is the outcome of case FIR No.21/2018 already registered against him. During investigation of the said case, searches were conducted in the premises/residential houses Pranav Gandotra. Incriminating documents seized during the searches, revealed that Pranav Gandotra has raised huge properties both movable as well as immovable worth crores of rupees in his own name and in name of his family members which are disproportionate to his known source of income.
Some of the assets raised by the suspect officer include House No. 60/3 Channi Himmat worth in lacs, Flat No. 1203 Block-A and Flat No. 1204 Block-A worth Rs 83 lacs, shop at Ashrabad Sidhra, Jammu acquired in year 2017 on rent basis @ 5000/- per month, G T Road Restaurant in Palm Island Mall at Canal road Jammu , number of costly and luxurious vehicles which include i10 JK02BB-6968, Innova Crysta JK02BT-8691, Toyota Fortuner JK02BS-8809, Toyota Fortuner JMUBQ-6700 (Temp) Chevrolet Cruse JK02AW-0001, Mahindra XUV 500 JK02BQ-8954, Mercedes Benz PB65AG (T)-3465 and Hyundai Verna JK02AJ-0002, Gold/diamond ornaments weighing 4 Kg and 361.49 gms and Silver articles with utensils weighing 11 Kg and 389 gms and Insurance policies worth more than 41 lacs.
Investigation further revealed that the accused in consequence of his indulgence in corrupt and illegal practices and having taken advantages of his lucrative posting, has acquired huge assets, both moveable/immoveable by investing proceedings of his ill gotten money in such properties and the value of the assets held by the accused in his name and in the name of family members is Rs 3,58,91,126/- which is disproportionate to his known source of income.
ACB produced charge sheet before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Court Jammu. The next date of hearing in the case has been fixed for 19.04.2022.