SVO files charge sheet against Govt official

JAMMU, SEP 9: Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organization (SVO) has filed a charge sheet against a Government official for allegedly taking a bribe, an official said on Sunday.
Darminder Singh, a Junior Engineer with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Doda, was caught taking the bribe in January from a contractor to expedite release of pending payments, a SVO spokesman said. The charge sheet against Singh was filed in a special anti-corruption Court in Doda, he said.
He further said on January 18, a complaint was lodged by Bashir Ahmed of Manoo village, alleging that the officer had withheld a payment of Rs 4 lakh and had demanded a bribe of Rs 35000 for releasing the same.
The complainant also alleged that a payment of Rs 2.40 lakh of Jaffer Iqbal of his village was also not released and Singh had demanded Rs 20000 as bribe. “The officer was apprehended by SVO sleuths while demanding and accepting the illegal gratification of Rs 55000 from the complainant,” he said. Next date of hearing in the case is September 26, he added.