Srinagar, Aug 3 : Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered a case against the officers and officials of ARTO office Anantnag for allegedly allowing touts and agents to prepare driving licences and other documents in lieu of “bribe”.
“A Joint surprise check was conducted by ACB, to look into allegations that many touts and agents are operating in ARTO Office Anantnag in league with the Officials of ARTO Office for preparation of registration and fitness certificates for heavy commercial vehicles, issuing driving licenses etc. in lieu of bribe,” the anti-graft body said in a statement to GNS.
During the surprise check conducted on the driving trial test day, the ACB said, it was found that most of application forms for issuance of driving licenses were having pencil written codes found to be abbreviations of names of some touts/agents operating in league with the Board members of ARTO Office Anantnag, who actively influence the working of ARTO Office Anantnag.
More over some applicants who appeared for driving test revealed that they had paid bribe for issuance of driving licenses through agents and touts for Board members of ARTO Office Anantnag, the ACB said. “It was found that the Officer/Officials of ARTO Office Anantnag, for their ulterior motives were conducting both driving test trials and fitness test of vehicle in hasty manner just to accommodate the applicants recommend by touts/agents,” the ACB said, adding, “In addition, social, networking chats have been found amongst the touts and ARTO Officials wherein candidate application numbers alongwith the name of touts have been forwarded to the officials for issuance of certificate/licenses.”
Accordingly, the ACb said that a case (FIR no. 4/2021) was registered in ACB Police Station Anantnag against the Officers/officials of ARTO Office Anantnag and the touts/ agents.
During investigation, search warrants were obtained from the Anticorruption court Anantnag and searches conducted, at the residences of ARTO Shabir Ahmad in Qazigund, Motor Vehicle Inspectors Shahid Mehboob at D.K. Marg Kulgam, Manzoor Ahmad at Bemina and Asif Amin at Sanat Nagar, Srinagar, the ACB said.
Moreover, the residential houses/ shops of touts/ agents including Khalid Hakim at Qazibagh Anantnag,. Mubarak Bhat at Laisoo Gudder Kulgam, Zahoor Ahmad at Sarnal Anantnag, Aijaz Wagey at Khanbal Anantnag, Nadeem Ahmad alias Nadeem Photostat at Anantnag, Farooq Mir- Nazrana Photosat near DC office Anantnag were searched, the ACB. “During searches various incriminating documents were seized.”
Further investigation of the case is going on, the ACB added. (GNS)