Srinagar, Oct,17; An information was received by Anti Corruption Bureau through ACB J&K Helpline number 9419678060 from one complainant resident of Kupwara regarding demand of bribe by one Patwari Halqa Bohipora Kupwara.
In his complaint the complainant alleged that while he was constructing some shops in his private land the patwari concerned with other revenue officials came to the site and took away his material, equipment’s etc with them. He further alleged that he accordingly approached tehsildar concerned who directed him to meet NT and patwari. He further stated that when complainant meet Patwari Hashim Amin Malik he demanded bribe of ₹50,000 from him and told him that he will be given seized items back and will be allowed to work also if he pays the bribe money. On this complainant pleaded that he cannot pay huge bribe and it was later on negotiated for ₹30,000.
As the complainant was not interested in paying bribe under these circumstances, he approached ACB and filed a written complaint against patwari for demanding bribe and requested for legal action .
Accordingly on receipt of the complaint, a discreet verification was conducted by the ACB. The verification conducted reveal that the revenue team including patwari Hashim Amin Malik has taken away the equipments, construction material from the complainant under construction site and patwari concerned is now demanding bribe from complainant for allowing construction and releasing the material/equipments seized and has directed complainant to come with bribe money on Monday.
On the basis of the findings & recommendation of the Verifying Officer as Prima facie offences U/s 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 were made out against accused Public servant namely Hashim Amin, Patwari Halqa Bohipora, District Kupwara for demanding bribe from complainant for allowing him to construct shops on his private land and release of his equipment/material seized.Accordingly a Case FIR No. 11/2023 was registered in Police Station ACB Baramulla U/s 7 of the PC Act 1988 and the investigation was initiated.
During the course of investigations the accused patwari was arrested on spot while demanding bribe of ₹30,000 from complainant and accepting same through his tout and his close accomplice Bashir Ahmad Mir R/o Mughal Pora (Ex-Lumberdar), who is evading arrest. Searches are also conducted in the residential house of the accused patwari. Further investigations of the case are going on. (KDC)