Patwari suspended on graft charges

Jammu:

Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Marh Rajeev Khajuria placed Mohd Mushtaq (Patwari, Patwar Halqa Thub) under suspension on the charges of corruption, with immediate effect and ordered Naib Tehsildar Marh to conduct a detailed enquiry into allegations of bribery against the Patwari.

The instant case pertains to a complaint lodged by a lady namely Sheela Devi wife of late Angrez Singh, who helplessly, under the debt of marriage of her daughter decided to sell her land for which she approached Mohd Mushtaq (Patwari of her village in July 2022), who demanded and accepted Rs 75000 as corruption in lieu of entering ‘Virasat Inteqal’ and issuing ‘Fard’.

But when after a lapse of six months the Patwari did not issue her ‘Fard Intekhaab’ and kept on delaying for six months, she approached SDM Marh for justice. The SDM immediately called Patwari to his office along with record and after lot of cross questioning in front of complainant and a witness, after being convinced of the charges, ordered immediate suspension of the Patwari, setting an example and conveying a clear cut message to other officials in his sub division.

Naib Tehsildar Marh has to submit report of enquiry within 15 days and the accused Patwari shall remain attached in the office of Tehsildar Marh till further orders.