The Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation today booked two directors of the Rural Development Department and eight others an alleged corruption case.
The case was registered on the basis of allegations regarding the purchase of stationery items, banners, and hoardings by the Rural Development Department from a select group of businessmen, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer, an SVO officer told.
The case was registered against two directors, three assistant commissioners of development, four district panchayat officers of the Rural Development Department, and branch manager of the National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India Limited in Jammu, the officer said.
“The public servants by abuse of their official positions have purchased the items illegally and defeating the purpose enshrined in the welfare schemes meant for the poor and the needy people under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act ( MGNREGA),” the officer said.
A private agency M/s Hashmie Enterprises, of a blue-eyed person of the top people in RDD, operating from Bathindi in Jammu was also booked for this multi-crore scandal in the Rural Development Department.
Giving more details the sources further revealed that while the raid in the house of Director RDD Jammu, RK Bhat at Udheywalla in Jammu was going late this evening, searches in the houses of the then ACD Reasi Mukhtar Sheikh at Sidhra, Suram Chand, the then ACD Reasi in Jammu (now GM DIC) and Noor Alam ACD Rajouri were completed by evening in presence of Magistrates.
Besides official record, details/ documents of some personal/ benami properties worth crores were also seized. The names of ACD Poonch Basharat Hussain (now ADC), Shafiq Choudhary the then I/C ACD Rajouri (Now ADC Kotranka) and Majid Jahangir, the then DPO also figured in the FIR.
A top officer refused to share the details of the properties seized but said that scrutiny of the documents is a lengthy process and the Vigilance officials were on the job. It may take some time to go into details and scrutinize everything. But he maintained that it was in crores and may be shared shortly.