Rs 28 cr fraud case against CEO Verinag Dev Authority


Srinagar, Oct 12: Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) has registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act on the outcome of a verification conducted by it into the allegations that CEO Verinag Development Authority Nazir Ahmad Thakur in league with his clerk Manzoor Ahmad Bhat have fraudulently prepared liability worth Rs. 28.00 Crores without doing any work on ground.
In an official statement, VOK said on Thursday the its investigation has revealed that the then CEO Verinag Development Authority Nazir Ahmad Thakur, Executive Engineers Abdul Rashid Lone and Rummy Raina, Accounts Officers Mohammed Maqbool War and Abdul Rashid Bawani, camp clerk namely Manzoor Ahmad Bhat have in total violations to Rules accorded approvals to different works against DPR of Greater Verinag mostly in favour of blue-eyed person.
“The verification further revealed that the accused public servants have also extended undue benefit to blue eyed persons for allotment of different works against DPR Sarbal Lake in total violation of the requisite procedure, besides rates allotted are highly exorbitant which resulted in huge lose to State exchequer,” the statement read.
“Accordingly a Case FIR No. 29/2017 under section 5(2) of JK P.C Act Svt 2006, section 120-B RPC in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir was registered against accused persons namely Nazir Ahmad Thakur S/o Ali Mohammad Thakur R/o Lasjam Budgam, Ab Rashid Lone S/o Gh Mohammad Lone R/o Wanbal Rawalpora Srinagar, then Executive Engineer Verinag Development Authority Roomy Raina, then Executive Engineer, Verinag Development Authority Mohammed Maqbool War, then Accounts officer Abdul Rashid Bawani S/o Ab Rehman Bawani R/o Doru Anantnag, and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat S/o Ab Gani Bhat R/o Verinag the then Camp Clerk,” it added.
Immediately after registration of FIR No. 29/20177 in Vigilance Organization searches of the residential/office premises of above said accused persons at Srinagar, Verinag, and Budgam, the statement said.
“During said searches incriminating evidences/documents with regard to movable and immovable properties were recovered which are under scrutiny to proceed ahead accordingly,” VOK said.