Deputy excise commissioner Jammu caught taking Rs 2 lakh bribe for clearing wine shop license

­Srinagar: Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu on Friday caught red-handed Deputy Excise Commissioner (Executive) Syed Muried Hussain Shah, while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 2 lakh for clearing the file for renewal of wine shop license.

A complaint was lodged by Col. HDS Rainal (Retd) in the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu about demand of Rs. 2,00,000/- for clearing the file of renewal of license of wine shop by Shah, an official handout said.

It was stated by the complainant that his family had a business in the name of Dalip Singh Wine Shop at Narwal, Jammu and the license was pending since May, 2018 in the Excise Department.

It said that his father had expired and his mother being blind, he was made to run from pillar to post for the renewal of the license since the last eight months. The complainant  said he was being victimised and harassed by Syed Muried Hussain Shah Dy. Excise Commissioner (Executive) who demanded an amount of Rs 2 lakh as bribe for clearing the file.

“As the complainant and his family was already facing huge financial losses and mental torture because of the unreasonable demand of bribe, the complainant under compulsion and to avoid any further losses was going to pay the amount of bribe to the Dy. Excise Commissioner but before that he came to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu with a request that necessary action against the officer may be taken,” it said.

On the basis of the complaint, as prima facie case of criminal misconduct on the part of the Dy. Excise Commissioner was found made out, accordingly, a formal case FIR No. 42/2018 u/s 5(1) (d) r/w Sec. 5(2) P.C Act Svt. 2006 and Sec. 4-A of P.C Act was registered at P/s ACBJ and investigation was entrusted to inspector Vikram Sharma.

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A trap team of the officers/officials was constituted by SSP ACBJ, which laid a successful trap and apprehended the accused Syed Muried Husaain Shah son of Naseeb Shah of House No. 3 Green Colony, Upper Paloura, Jammu presently posted as Dy. Excise Commissioner (Executive), red handed, while demanding and accepting the illegal gratification of Rs. 2,00,000.

The accused was arrested on the spot and thereafter, search team of Anti-Corruption Bureau was also dispatched for conducting the house search of the accused at his residence situated at Paloura, Jammu which is going on.

Further investigation into the matter has also been taken up.

An official spokeperson said that the government has ordered suspension of the officer.

Syed Muried Hussain Shah (KAS), DC Excise Jammu, under orders of transfer as Director Land Management, Jammu Development Authority (JDA) shall be deemed to have been placed under suspension with immediate effect.
During his suspension, Shah will remain attached with the General Administration Department, the official said.

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