Market. The accused Patwari has been suspended for demanding bribe from the affected woman in exchange for disaster relief in Dharampur sub-division of Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Seeing the seriousness of the matter, DC Mandi Apoorva Devgan had instructed SDM Dharampur Rajendra Gautam to immediately investigate. In the investigation report, the said Patwari has been found prima facie guilty.
Earlier last night, the Vigilance Department team had reached Dharampur and registered a case against the accused Patwari. The IO has also recorded the statements of the complainant and the affected woman. Let us tell you that this case of bribery of Patwari has come to light after the audio of the conversation between the complainant and the Patwari went viral.
According to the complainant woman Geeta Devi, resident of Kauhan Post Office Sajyaopiplu, Tehsil Dharampur, the Patwari has also taken a bribe of Rs 50 thousand for releasing the first installment of the relief amount. The same Patwari was also demanding Rs 50 thousand for releasing the second installment. The said woman has said in her statement that she had also complained in this regard on CM Sankalp Seva on 22 January 2024.
It is noteworthy that after the audio of the conversation between the disaster affected woman and Halka Patwari went viral, the Vigilance team also swung into action and contacted the complainant yesterday to verify the facts. On the other hand, in the investigation report submitted by SDM Dharampur Rajendra Gautam, the said Patwari has been found prima facie guilty, after which the accused Patwari has been suspended.
what is the matter
The Patwari of Dharampur area of Mandi had asked for money from the affected family in lieu of releasing the relief amount. Its audio has also surfaced. Patwari talks to the woman on phone and says that if I know how to get money, I also know how to withdraw it. Investigation can be done any time, he knows the law. Patwari tells the woman on the phone that even after taking Rs 11 lakh, you are not satisfied. Not only this, the Patwari is saying that the land has been obtained separately. Patwari also says that the woman’s son-in-law is spoiling the matter. The woman asks the Patwari how much money she wants, 50 thousand is needed.
FIRST PUBLISHED: February 9, 2024, 08:35 IST