ACB books Divisional Manager, State Forest Corporation; catches him red-handed

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JAMMU, MAY 21: Anti-Corruption Bureau Doda has registered a formal case under Section 4-A PC Act (Amendment 2014) against Puran Chand Bhagat presently posted as Divisional Manager in State Forest Corporation (SFC) Udhampur when he was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs. 30,000/-

In a written complaint, Romesh Chander alleged that the said Divisional Manager demanded an amount of Rs.48,000/- as illegal bribe from him in which he was insisted to pay Rs.30,000/- as advance and rest of Rs.18,000/- after releasing of the payment.

The complainant Romesh Chander said that the bribe was demanded for the release of the payment of about 10% due to him against the work done by him as a contractor with State Forest Corporation Division Udhampur and for release of payment/preparation of documents.

In view of compelling circumstances, the complainant agreed to pay Rs.30,000/- as advance bribe money to the said officer on 21.05.2019 and rest of the amount of Rs. 18000/- after the release of payment/preparation of documents.

Accordingly, a trap team under the command of Kartar Singh Kotwal Dy.SP was constituted and a successful trap was laid against the said officer and 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.

The complainant stated that he is working as a contractor with State Forest Corporation Division Udhampur since last about twenty years and he has been allotted extraction/ transportation/ loading/unloading work by the department in compartment No.45/76 Dudu Range District Udhampur since last two and half years.