SFC official caught red handed accepting bribe in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 3 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation (VO) has caught Khalil-ul-Rehman Wani, Field Assistant of State Forest Corporation (SFC) red handed was accepting a bribe of Rs 4000 for releasing 50 cfts of timber.

A VO spokesman said one Abdul Rashid Wani lodged a written report that his house had collapsed and he applied for sanction of 100 cfts of timber through an application forwarded to State Forest Corporation authorities.

The SFC authorities however sanctioned only 50 cfts of timber in his favour, the cost of which was deposited by him in the office of Range Officer City Range-I, Srinagar in the month of November 2007.

But till date the sanctioned timber was not issued to him, forcing him to approach the Range Officer at PC Depot Srinagar who demanded illegal gratification for issue of sanctioned timber.

He asked Mr Wani to negotiate with his Field Assistant Khalil-ul -Rehman who demanded Rs 7500 as illegal gratification.

The spokesman said VO laid a successful trap and Khalil-ul-Rehman was caught red handed while accepting the bribe of Rs 4000 from the complainant in presence of independent witnesses.

The tainted money was recovered from his possession and the accused was taken into custody for further investigation.

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