ACB Arrests Patwari ‘While Taking Bribe In Kupwara’

Srinagar: Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday trapped a Patwari, a revenue official, while accepting bribe, officials said.

They said Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint, wherein the complainant alleged that Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari of Halqa Mufalpora, Tehsil and District Kupwara was demanding bribe for providing revenue extracts.

The complainant alleged that the accused Patwari was adopting delaying tactics and was not preparing revenue extracts which were required by the complainant for registration of sale deed for the land purchased by him recently. “The complainant had also deposited necessary fee of Rs 420 in form of GR in the Tehsil office Kupwara on 14-01-2022. It was also alleged by the complainant that patwari had already taken bribe of Rs 10,000 from them and is demanding more for providing revenue extracts,” the officials said, adding, “Upon receiving the instant complaint prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out and consequently case FIR No. 02/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla.”

Subsequently, they said a trap team was constituted. “The trap team caught Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5000/- from the complainant. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team,” the ACB in a statement to GNS, adding, “The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses.”

Further investigations of the case is going on, the ACB added. (GNS)

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