Challan against former Chief Engineer produced in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jun 6 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation (VO) has produced challan in a local court against former Chief Engineer of Roads and Buildings (R&B) Shamas-ud-Din Koka and four others in Rs 25.28 lakh corruption case.

He said a case was registered under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) on May 23, 2006 against former the Chief Engineer then executive engineer Altaf Hussain Pandit and two suppliers for spending the available funds in the manner that would strengthen the business interests of favourite traders, mainly their close relations.

He said Pandit from time to time ordered and accepted the supplies of 11,350 kg of Fluronite Concrete hardener at a cost of approximately Rs 4,99,400 and Rs 44 per kg from Maxwell Associates Gulshan Nagar, Bye pass Srinagar, when the same was available from a Delhi based firm at the rate of Rs 2.64 per kg (excluding freight and taxes).

Similarly 6200 kg of Quick Setting Powder at the cost of Rs 4,96,000 was purchased from M/S A N Traders, Seer Hamdan, Anantnag at the rate of Rs 80 per kg, which he had purchased at the rate of Rs 15.80 per kg from M/S Karool Bagh New Delhi.

The M S Pipes of 12 inch dia, 6 Meter length were purchased for Rs 4,95,660 at a price of approximately Rs 22500 from said firm as against its availability with a Delhi based firm for Rs 5,800 per piece (excluding freight and taxes) and with SICOP at Rs 8903.

Similarly, 10,000 pieces of cat-eye reflective studs were ordered and purchased worth Rs 6,20,000 at highly exorbitant rate of Rs 620 per piece.

He on the transfer of Pandit, his successor Mushtaq Ahmad Indrabi repeated the process and purchased 11,350 kg of fluronite concrete Hardener worth Rs 4,99,400 and 6200 kg of Quick Setting Powder worth Rs 4,99,400. Moreover, 8000 liters of Repedite were also purchased on highly exorbitant rates.


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