Crime Branch, Jammu registers FIR against Superintendent Jail and others.

Crime Branch, Jammu registers FIR against Superintendent Jail and others.

Jammu and Kashmir

Crime Branch, Jammu has registered an FIR against Smt. Rajni Sehgal then Superintendent of Jail Kot-Bhalwal, Jammu, Chakkar Havaldar Ravi Kumar, Mohan Lal and Suman Kumar for misappropriation of unusual metallic objects (107 ancient coins) found inside the Kot-Bhalwal Jail premises. The case was registered after a communication was received from Home Department, J&K with the recommendations of the Director General of Prisons J&K regarding recovery of unusual metallic objects (107 ancient coins) found inside the Kot-Bhalwal Jail premises and its subsequent alleged misappropriation by the jail staff with the directions to conduct a thorough probe into the matter.

During the course of Preliminary Verification conducted at Crime Branch, Jammu it has been found that jail inmates (convicts) during the digging of earth for vegetation purposes in the first half of the day during the month of September, 2012 found around 450/500 metallic objects packed in an earthen pot (Kuzza) covered with a lid and which on rubbing glittered like gold.

The broken pieces of this earthen pot together with the recovered metallic objects were thereafter handed over to Chakkar Havaldar Ravi Kumar & Mohan Lal who wrapped all these items in a piece of newspaper and presented before the Superintendent of Jail Smt. Rajni Sehgal and all the inmates were told to return to their barracks. But somehow the information regarding the recovery of the material got leaked and the higher authorities of the PrisonsDepartment ordered an internal inquiry in the month of November, 2012 upon which Chakkar Havaldar Ravi Kumar, Mohan Lal and Suman Kumar on the instruction/directions of the Jail Superintendent, Smt. Rajni Sehgal, approached the inmates and threatened them that if they will reveal the truth regarding the actual date and quantity of the recovered objects, a red entry shall be made in their records which shall hamper their release.

The inmates were also tutored to depose that the objects were recovered in the month of November, 2012 near Diwali and not in September, 2012 and were about 100 in number and not 450/500. It also came to fore during the course of enquiry that the recovered unusual objects were actually currency coins used during the regime of Muhammad Gauri, Balban, Ala-ud-din Khilji and contained both gold as well as copper as their ingredients.

The Jail Superintendent Smt. Rajni Sehgal deliberately and intentionally remained mum and did not informed her senior Officers or the District Magistrate concerned, regarding the recovery, as was required under the Treasure Trove, Act and it was only after the initiation of the enquiry by the Prisons Department that she disclosed recovery of 107 coins in the month of November, 2012 by preparing fake and forged records/document mentioning wrong date and time of recovery and hurriedly referred the matter to Directorate of Archives, Archaeology & Museum, Jammu in order to put a veil over her misdeeds and wrongdoings.

This all was done by Smt. Rajni Sehgal with the active connivance of her subordinate employees Mohan Lal, Ravi Kumar and Suman Kumar, in order to keep the senior formations in the dark and misappropriate the precious and ancient treasure, being a Govt. employee, in sheer abuse of her position and powers, intentionally and deliberately in order to cause wrongful gains to herself and for jail staffers.

The omissions and commissions on the part of officers/officials named above prima facie, constitute offences punishable u/s 420, 409, 465, 466, 467, 468, 471, 120-B RPC read with section 5/24 Treasures Trove Act, 1954. Accordingly a case was registered in Crime Branch, Jammu and further investigation has been taken

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