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SRINAGAR: Two Assistant Directors, three storekeepers of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department among others have been booked while State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) teams conducted searches at Chatha store and residences of accused officers/officials.
After receiving a complaint regarding embezzlement/ misappropriation of ration during the year 2014-15, the SVO started the investigations.
According to SVO, the probe transpired that on taking into account the receipt and issue of shortage of food grains against Ramesh Singh Jamwal, Junior. Assistant Incharge Store keeper posted in Food Store Chatha of wheat 3324 Qtls and sugar 596 Qtls and against Tilak Singh, Senior Assistant, the then Supervisor/Storekeeper, Chatha Store of Rice APL-2229 Qtls, and Levy Sugar-138 Qtls, was detected.
It further transpired that Akbar Ali and Dev Raj, the then Assistant Directors, Chatha, Jammu in connivance with the above named store keepers have converted/diverted huge quantity of food grains from one category to another without sanction/approval from the competent authority in order to cause gains to themselves/storekeepers and corresponding loss to the state exchequer to the tune of Rs. 58,68,417. The State Vigilance Organisation further said that it has also been established during raids, that the accused namely Akbar Ali and Dev Raj, the then Assistant Directors, Chatha by abusing their official position wilfully and intentionally closed their eyes in monitoring distribution/dispatch of food grains as per dispatch programme set by the Director FCS&CA at the end of each month and submit despatch statement of food grains commodity wise on monthly basis to Director FCS&CA in order to facilitate the above named storekeepers for wrongful gains to themselves/storekeepers and wrongful loss to the state exchequer.
The aforesaid acts of omissions/commission on the part of the above mentioned accused persons of FCS&CA Department namely Tilak Raj, Senior Assistant the then Supervisor/Store keeper Food Store Chatha, Ramesh Singh Mamwal, the then Junior Assistant In-Charge Storekeeper Food Store Chatha, Sunil Sharma the then In-Charge Storekeeper, Food Store Chatha, Akbar Ali and Dev Raj, the then Assistant Director Food Store Chatha and others, constitute offences punishable under section 5 (1) (d) read with section 5 (2) J&K P.C Act 2006 and 409, 120-B RPC.
Accordingly, FIR 38/2017 has been registered while the SVO teams conducted simultaneous raids and house searches at different places at Jammu and recovered various incriminating documents pertaining to the instant case.
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