ACB nails ‘King of corruption’ in CAPD

Jammu: Tightening it’s noose against the corrupt, the Anti Corruption Bureau, UT attached a posh bungalow of a lower rang official of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department Pranav Gandotra which he reconstructed on three plots i.e plot number 60, 61 & 62 situated at sector 03 Channi Himmat, Jammu worth Rs. 1,48,23,502.

It also also seized gold ornaments – 4kg 361 gms and silver articles – 11 kg 389 gms worth Rs. 1,35,38,560 u/s 8-B of Prevention of Corruption Act, Svt. 2006 in Case FIR No. 35/ 2018 registered against Pranav Gandotra I/C TSO and Inspector Jammu Rural-1 (Satwari) for acquiring assets disproportionate to his known source of income. Total value of the properties seized/attached property is Rs. 2,83,62,062/- .

The case against Pranav Gandotra in FIR No. 21/2018 was registered on the basis of a written complaint alleging therein that Pranav Gandotra while posted as Incharge TSO Rajouri and Kalakote received huge amount from Asstt. Director CA&PD department Rajouri, meant to be disbursed among private ration dealers on account of handling charges in district Rajouri and the said officer disbursed lesser amount to the private dealers and has wrongly withdrawn the remaining amount from Bank/treasury. It was alleged that on the one hand the said I/C TSO reflected in the official record the disbursement of whole amount, but on the other hand credited lesser payment in the bank accounts of private ration dealers and in this way, he has misappropriated the remaining amount by manipulating the office record.

On prima facie establishment of criminal misconduct, case FIR No. 21/2018 was registered and house searches at residential premises of accused situated at sector No. 3 Channi Himmat Jammu and Flat Nos. 1203 & 1204 Block A Royal Palm Apartment Akhnoor Jammu, were conducted on 19-07-2018, which led to recovery/seizure of incriminating material with respect to immovable and movable property and gold/silver ornaments worth crores of rupees.

As the recovered property is well beyond his known source of income, which has been raised by him by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices and by misappropriation of funds allotted by the Government under various schemes for the welfare of poor.Consequently, case FIR No. 35/2018 u/s 5(1)(e) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act Svt. 2006was registered in P/S VOJ (now ACB-J) against Pranav Gandotra, presently posted as Incharge TSO Satwari&Incharge K. Oil Inspector Jammu Rural-I, FCS&CA Jammu for acquiring assets disproportionate to his known source of income.

During further course of investigation in Case FIR No. 35/2018, it reveals that accused has raised movable and immovable properties in his name and in the name of his family members which include a)luxurious house hold items b) costly electronics gadgets c) luxurious vehicles etc through the ill gotten money which include a big lavish residential house reconstructed after merging 03 no plots i.e., plot no 60, 61 & 62 situated at Sector 03 Channi Himmat, Jammu worth Rs. 1,48,23,502/- (cost assessed by Engineering wing of ACB Jammu and EMRE division II Gandhi Nagar Jammu) and Gold ornaments – 4kg 361 gms and Silver articles(ornaments & utensils) – 11 kg 389 gms worth Rs. 1,35,38,560 as per prevalent market rates. The investigation further reveals that a substantial amount of ill gotten money has been used by the accused to acquire the above mentioned movable and immovable properties. The accused has raised these properties/assets by corrupt practices and dishonest means during his service career as a public servant.

There were apprehensions that accused may dispose of these assets raised through ill gotten money, raised by accused from proceeds of ill gotten money by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices, as such provisions of section 8-B of Prevention of Corruption Act, Svt. 2006 have been invoked.The above mentioned properties were attached and seized by investigating officer and team of ACB J&K in presence of magistrate, independent witness and local police.

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