Two transport officers in vigilance net in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jun 13: Jammu and Kashmir Vigilance Organisation (VO) has registered cases against two transport officers who had allegedly misappropriated token tax, causing loss of Rs 12.82 lakhs to the state exchequer.

A spokesman of the VO identified the accused officers as then Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) of Anantnag Qazi Sarwar his accountant Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and ARTO Pulwama Abdul Majid Bhat, cashier Bilal Ahmad Sofi and other officials for misappropriation of token tax realised from the vehicle owners dishonestly by manipulation of records.

He said during the verification by VO it was confirmed that the officials of ARTO office Anantnag have misappropriated government money received on account of token tax from the vehicle owners by dishonestly resorting to manipulation of records between the period January 2007 to May 2008.

Accountant, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan received token tax of Rs 10,25,500 from owners of vehicles but deposited only Rs 61,230 in government treasury resulting in misappropriation of Rs 9,64,270.

The officials had later made fake and false documents in which they reflected less amount than the actual amount received by them as token tax from vehicle owners.

He said the investigation further revealed that ARTO office Pulwama during the year 2007-08 received token tax of Rs 3,22,000 from owners of 60 vehicles but deposited only Rs 3,390 in government Treasury resulting in misappropriation of Rs 3,18,610.

UNI

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