ACB Arrests Sarpanch For Accepting Bribe

SRINAGAR: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday said that it trapped and arrested a Sarpanch for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 9,000 for the settlement of a propert dispute.

A statement issued by ACB reads, “A complainant approached PS ACB Srinagar, with a written complaint against a public servant; Muzaffar Ahmad Rather, Sarpanch Manigam-A, alleging demand of bribe for settlement of property dispute between the complainant and his sister.”

The statement reads that the two siblings had some dispute over the distribution of property. The Sister of the complainant approached the accused Sarpanch for settlement. The complainant alleged that Sarpanch has repeatedly been demanding bribe for settlement of the issue.

“Initially, an amount of Rs 20,000 was demanded by the Sarpanch, however, after negotiations, he agreed to accept an amount of Rs 9,000 from the complainant. The complainant did not want to pay the bribe and instead approached Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Srinagar for taking legal action against the accused public servant as provided under law,” the statement said. “On receipt of the complaint, a Case FIR No. 13/2023 U/S 7 PC Act 1988 was registered with PS ACB Srinagar,” it said.

It further reads that during the course of the investigation, a trap team was constituted by this Bureau, which laid a successful trap and caught the accused public servant red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe amount of Rs 9,000 from the complainant. “The money was recovered from the accused on the spot. The accused has been identified as Muzaffar Ahmad Rather S/O Wali Mohd Rather R/O Manigam, Sarpanch Manigam-A. Further investigation in the case is going on,” it reads, (KNO)

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