J&K MC polls: Brows raised over fraud ac­cused in the fray

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - Mir Eh­san mir.eh­san@htlive.com ■

SRI­NA­GAR: A de­faulter of more than ₹50 lakh with a fraud case reg­is­tered against him at Ganderbal po­lice sta­tion is eye­ing to be­come the new pres­i­dent of mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee.

Mo­ham­mad Amin Mir, res­i­dent of Bee­hama, is con­test­ing elec­tions from ward num­ber 2 of Ganderbal which will go to polls on Tues­day in phase four of lo­cal body elec­tions. The com­mit­tee has 17 wards and only 12 wards will go for polls as can­di­dates in re­main­ing five wards got elected un­op­posed.

De­spite se­ries of com­plaints from lo­cals and of­fi­cers of mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee, the dis­trict elec­tion of­fi­cer, Ganderbal, has not can­celled his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers yet.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments ac­cessed by Hin­dus­tan Times, Mir was al­lot­ted a con­tract for re­cov­ery of ter­mi­nal tax adda en­try fee in 2014-2015. He was sup­posed to pay ₹1,02,00,000 but Mir de­faulted ₹53 lakh. Mir had bagged the con­tract by de­posit­ing forged call de­posit of ₹2.50 lakh. Then mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee had lodged a case against him un­der FIR num­ber 16/2015 at Ganderbal po­lice sta­tion.

Ganderbal dis­trict com­mis­sioner Piyush told Hin­dus­tan Times that he has also re­ceived the com­plaint about can­di­date. “We have in­formed this to chief elec­toral of­fi­cer and are in the process to take ac­tion as per law.” How­ever, he didn’t clar­ify whether the can­di­date will be disqual­i­fied or not.

Jammu and Kash­mir’s chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Shaleen Kabra said that Ganderbal DC who is the dis­trict elec­toral of­fi­cer will have to take the call. “There is a writ­ten law on this and deputy com­mis­sioner will be in a po­si­tion to take de­ci­sion on this.”

Of­fi­cials in the mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee said that Mir is us­ing all his in­flu­ence not only to win the con­test but he is also eye­ing to be­come the pres­i­dent of mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee. “This is one of the rich com­mit­tees with sig­nif­i­cance.

If Mir wins and be­comes pres­i­dent, no­body would dare to ques­tion him about the de­faulted money,” said an of­fi­cer on the ba­sis of anonymity.

Of­fi­cials said as per the Mu­nic­i­pal Act, a per­son who is de­faulter and has not paid the ar­rears of any kind due to­wards him or has re­tained any amount which is part of the mu­nic­i­pal fund could be disqual­i­fied from be­ing cho­sen as an of­fice bearer of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Lo­cals al­lege of­fi­cials of show­ing le­niency to­wards Mir as they want more peo­ple to in elec­tions, whether they are de­fault­ers or have cases against them. How­ever, dis­miss­ing the al­le­ga­tions, Mir said he hasn’t done any­thing and the claims are false.


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