SFC DM held taking graft

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 21: Anti-Corruption Bureau, Doda has registered a case against Puran Chand Bhagat S/o Buti Ram R/o RS Pura, presently posted as Divisional Manager in State Forest Corporation (SFC) Udhampur when he demanded and accepted Rs 30,000 as bribe.
The case was registered on the basis of a written complaint lodged by Romesh Chander of Udhampur. The complainant had stated that he is working as a contractor with State Forest Corporation Division Udhampur for the last about 20 years and was allotted extraction/ transportation/ loading/un-loading work by the department in compartment No.45/76 Dudu Range in Udhampur about two and half years ago.
The complainant further stated that the payment of about 10% was due to him against the work done by him in the said compartments and for release of payment / preparation of documents Puran Chand Bhagat, had demanded an amount of Rs 48,000 as bribe from him. He further alleged that the Divisional Manager insisted him to pay Rs.30,000 as advance and rest of Rs.18,000 after release of the payment.
In view of compelling circumstances, the complainants agreed to pay Rs.30,000 as advance bribe money to the officer on 21.05.2019 and rest of the amount of Rs. 18000 after release of payment /preparation of documents.
Accordingly, a team under the command of Kartar Singh Kotwal DySP was constituted and a successful trap was laid against the officer.
During trap, he was caught red handed while demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs. 30,000/- from the complainant by the ACB sleuths, in the presence of independent witnesses in office cum residence complex at Udhampur. The accused officer has been arrested in the case for further investigation.