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JAMMU: Special Judge Anticorruption Jammu Sonia Gupta on Monday rejected the pre-arrest bail application of Dr. Liqayat Ali Khan Dental Surgeon in an alleged corruption case.
According to State Vigilance Organisation (SVO), an FIR 13/2018 under Section 5(1) (d) punishable under Section 5(2) J&K P.C Act Svt 2006 at Police Station VOJ was registered against the petitioner Dr. Liqayat Ali Khan on May 30, 2018 on the basis of secret verification conducted to verify the averments made in the complaint lodged by Dr. Shafqat Javed Medical Officer PHC Chatroo, Kishtwar against Dr. Liqayat Ali.
It was alleged by the complainant that he was suspended in the year 2016 when he was posted as BMO Paddar. During suspension, he met Dr. Liyaqat Ali Khan who assured him that his case would be cleared and he would be posted as BMO Bhadarwah for which the complainant shall have to pay Rs. 5 lakh to him. The complainant transferred Rs. 5 lakh on September 20, 2016 from his account in J&K Bank Branch Bhadarwah to the account of petitioner maintained in J&K Bank Branch Bathindi, Jammu.
However, after taking the money through bank, Dr. Liyaqat Ali Khan did nothing and went under ground. The complainant faced the enquiry as per the routine procedure and was exonerated and posted as BMO Chatroo, Kishtwar.
CPO Rajesh Bakshi appearing for the SVO submitted that accused, prima facie is running a transfer racket in Medical Department in connivance with the officials in Directorate of Health Services. “There is every apprehension that the accused will influence the evidence as well as witnesses and also hamper the investigation if he is granted bail”, he submitted and sought that application for grant of anticipatory bail should be rejected.
“The grant of pre-arrest bail might shatter the faith of common man in the system and also encourage such like people who while sitting on higher positions indulge in such practices. There is every possibility of tampering with the witnesses who are simple people. No compelling reasons have been brought into notice of the court so as to exercise the discretion of anticipatory bail”, the court observed and rejected the bail application.
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