*ACB nabs RDD employee, Tout red-handed while accepting bribe in Bandipora*

SUHAIL RATHER

*ACB nabs RDD employee, Tout red-handed while accepting bribe in Bandipora*

Bandipora, 07 March: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday trapped a Technical Assistant of Rural Development Department red-handed while accepting a bribe in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

In a statement issued here today, ACB said that Showket Ahmad Lone Technical Assistant and Irfan Yousuf Bhat (Tout), at Rural Development Department  Block Arin, District Bandipora were arrested for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 18000 for preparing bills from a contractor.

ACB said that it received a complaint wherein the complainant alleged that they received the allotment of work, “The work was completed and bills were to be prepared. He was demanding Rs.18000 for preparing bills of work done by the complainant,” ACB said.

Upon receiving the instant complaint, prima facie offence U/s 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out. “Consequently, a case FIR was registered at P/S ACB and investigation took up,” ACB said.

As per ACB, during the investigation, a trap team was constituted which laid a successful trap and caught red-handed Showket Ahmad and Irfan Yousuf while demanding and accepting a bribe amount of Rs. 18000 from the complainant.

“Both were arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team.

 The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses; further investigation into the case is on,” an officer said.

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