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President Municipal Committee Awantipora arrested for accepting bribe of Rs 1000: ACB

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SRINAGAR: Anti-Corruption Bureau on Friday arrested President Awantipora Municipal Committee after recovering a bribe amount from his possession.

The complainant, according to ACB mentioned in his complaint that the accused used to demand a commission @5% for the processing of the bills.

The complainants alleged that he is an owner of an IT firm. He was allotted a tender year back. The accused was demanding 5% of the total bill (₹20,650) for the renewal of the existing contract for the year 2022, they said.

“Since the contents of the complaint disclose the demand of bribe by alleged accused Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal committee, Awantipora. Consequently, case FIR No. 09/2022 was registered in P/S ACB Anantnag and investigation taken up,” they added.

Sources told that “Anti-Corruption Bureau headed by Dy SP Shafiq Ahmad trapped Chairman of Awantipora Municipal Committee, Bilal Ahmad Bhat at his residence in Iqbal Colony Awantipora and recovered a bribe amount of Rs. 1000 from his possession.”

The accused chairman was arrested by the ACB team after the recovery of the bribe amount, ACB said.

During the course of an investigation, a trap team was constituted. The team caught red-handed Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President of Municipal committee, Awantipora for demanding and accepting ₹1000 i.e, 5% of ₹20,650 for processing the bills of the complainant.

He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team, the bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses, officials said, adding that further investigations into the matter are going on. (KDC)


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