ACB files chargesheet against forest guard Kewal Sharma among 4 for amassing huge property


Jammu: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday filed a charge sheet against a forest guard Kewal Krishan among three in connection with the possession of assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
Kewal Sharma happened to be the PA of then Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand during Mufti Sayed led PDP-Congress coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. 
The other two chargesheeted in the case included his wife Raj Kumari alias Baby Koul and his son Ishant Sharma, all residents of  Village  Kachrial, Pallanwala in Akhnoor tehsil. At present, they were living at Patta Paloura, Jammu (near Petrol Pump). 
Apart from them, ACB also filed chargesheet against Babu Ram Sharma of  Kachrial village in Pallanwala. Sharma, at present, lived behind KD Plaza, Mishriwala. He had disproportionate in his name and the name of his close friends and relatives as benami properties, the ACB said in a statement issued here.
The case was registered on the outcome of verification, which revealed that Kewal Krishan Sharma by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices has amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income as he was only a Forest Guard by profession.
“During the course of investigation it was established that, the accused Kewal Krishan Sharma by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices acquired residential houses and residential flat outside J&K worth over crore of rupees. Besides this, the accused has also purchased a number of luxury vehicles viz Mahindra XUV-500, Thar Jeep, Scorpio, Mahindra Rexton, TATA Safari and commercial Volvo bus, Matador, two JCB’s and two Tractors  etc. in the name of his family members and close relatives.”
 The accused has also incurred huge expenses on the education of his children, foreign tours and on maintaining lavish lifestyle, the ACB said.
“During the investigation it has been established that the accused Kewal Krishan Sharma who was a Forest Guard has in connivance with other accused persons acquired moveable and immovable assets as well as benami assets in the name of his close friends and relatives which are disproportionate to known sources of income of the accused persons.”
The charge sheet of the case for commission of offences U/s 5 (1) (e) r/w 5 (2) J&K PC Act Svt. 2006 and 120-B RPC against all the above named accused persons presented before the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Jammu for judicial determination.