Four top J&K officers removed from posts over graft charges

Jammu and Kashmir government has removed four government employees, including two Deputy Directors from their posts, after their arrest in connection with a ration scam in Kishtwar district.

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2010, 14:51 PM IST

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government has
removed four government employees, including two Deputy Directors from their posts, after their arrest in connection with a ration scam in Kishtwar district.

The Secretary, Consumer Affairs and Public
Distribution (CAPD) Department, Pradeep Kumar Gupta has
ordered their attachment with the Director, CAPD Kashmir wing,
officials said here today.

On October 11, Crime Branch sleuths had arrested
four CAPD department officials, including Deputy Director
(south Kashmir), Khurshid Ahmed Sanaye, the then Assistant
Director and presently Deputy Director (north Kashmir), Riyaz
Ahmad Wani, and two incharge supervisors of one of the godowns
from which food grains worth over Rs 31 lakh were allegedly
misappropriated.

The Crime Branch also conducted raids on the premises
of four CAPD department officials in Rawalpura (Srinagar),
Shal Road (Anantnag) and Sidhra in Jammu.

The arrested quartet is undergoing custodial
interrogation and their remand has been extended to five days.

The scam came into light when a special team was
constituted on April 2, 2009, to probe the alleged
misappropriation of food grains for distribution among the
poeple of twin blocks of Warwan and Marwah in Kishtwar
district.
The committee, in its preliminary investigation,
established the allegations and the government on June 19,
2009 recommended the case for detailed investigation to the
Crime Branch.
The Crime Branch department found that CAPD department
officials misappropriated food grains of Vailoo and Inshan
Godowns to the tune of Rs 31,52,660. A case of bungling was
established and the accused were arrested.

PTI