Jammu : ZEO among three Officers in Vigilance net

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State Vigilance Organisation on Saturday booked the then officers / officials of Marwah Education Zone in case regarding misappropriation of funds.

According to reports, Vigilance Organisation Jammu on September 29, 2018 registered a case vide FIR No 33/18 under Section 5(1)(c), 5(1)(d) read with Section 5(2) of J&K PC Act Svt. 2006 and Section 120-B RPC against Nazir Ahmed Farash then ZEO Marwah, son of Ghulam Muhammad Farash, resident of Khanpora Baramulla; Ghulam Qadir Beigh then I/C ZEO Marwah, son of Ghulam Ahmed Beigh, resident of Hullar District, Kishtwar and Fiaz Ahmed In-charge Junior Assistant and In-charge SSA, son of Ghulam Ahmed, resident of Village Janakpora Tehsil Marwah, Kishtwar (Now expired) on the basis of a verification conducted into the allegations of misappropriation of funds pertaining to ZEO Office Marwah especially SSA funds of Marwah Zone by aforesaid officers and official.

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The verification revealed that during the Financial Year 2010-11 and 2011-12, huge transactions have taken place in the personal accounts of Fiaz Ahmed (Now expired) in A/C No SB-165 J&K Bank Dachan and A/C No 15654 J&K Bank Kishtwar.

Verification further revealed that the then ZEO Marwah, Nazir Ahmed Farash under a well knit conspiracy hatched with his subordinate Fiaz Ahmed, issued various cheques in his name from official account of ZEO Office Marwah with the intention to misappropriate the government money, out of the funds meant for construction of toilets and learning corners under SSA Scheme.

“No such toilet has been found constructed at UPS Chicha nor any learning corner constructed in any school of Block Dachan during the aforesaid period.

The toilet of UPS Gujjar Kotha has been constructed upto roof level only. It has also come to fore that as per SSA norms, payments are to be made by school heads through VEC (Village Education Committee) after seeking proper authority from ZEO concerned. Before processing the payments, completion certificate needs to be obtained from VEC and JE/AE SSA,” it added.

The verification conducted also revealed that government money amounting to Rs 6,60,000 was credited into the personal account of one private person namely Tariq Hussain, son of Abdul Rehman, resident of Ganaipora Kiyar, Dachan bearing No.2006/21 in J&K Bank Dachan which was deposited in the aforesaid account on authority letter of ZEO Marwah No ZEO/M/Adv-1035 dated November 11, 2011 on December 22, 2011. Out of this, Rs 6,11,000 was transferred to account No 15654 at JK Bank Kishtwar of Fiaz Ahmed through credit invoice and Rs 49,000 was withdrawn on the same day.

“This money trail substantiate the allegations that the ZEO in league with Fiaz Ahmed has misappropriated the government money of Rs 6,60,000 which have been illegally and fraudulently withdrawn from the account of Tariq Hussain without his knowledge duly facilitated by Fiaz Ahmed as the passbook of Tariq Hussain for the relevant period was lying with Fiaz Ahmed,” the verification stated.

It has also been found during verification that the cheques have been issued to Fiaz Ahmed in violation of SSA norms without the execution of works on ground by Nazir Ahmed Farash, the then ZEO Marwah. After his transfer, his successor Ghulam Qadir Beigh the then I/C ZEO Marwah also joined the conspiracy by issuing of cheque of Rs 2,47,100 dated December 24, 2017 in the name of Fiaz Ahmed for disbursement on account of construction of toilets some of which are either non-existing or not having been completed as per norms.

By acting in this manner, the then ZEO Marwah Nazir Ahmed Farash under a well designed conspiracy hatched with Fiaz Ahmed I/C Junior Assistant Incharge SSA (now expired) by abuse and misuse of his official position as a public servant misappropriated government money.

Ghulam Qadir Beigh who joined the conspiracy at later stage also facilitated withdrawal of Rs 2,47,100 through Fiaz Ahmed and the amount has been misappropriated. Investigation of the case has been taken-up.