Development commissioner Shahid Iqbal has suspended an assistant executive engineer, Surinder Kumar Sharma, and a junior engineer, Jagdish Raj, for demanding and accepting bribe to clear a bill of a construction work.
The officials were suspended after a preliminary inquiry was conducted on complaint filed by Reasi MLA Baldev Raj Sharma.
The development commissioner had released Rs 2.38 lakh under the constituency development fund of the MLA for construction of a road at Panassa.
As per the complaint, the officials demanded bribe of Rs 40,000 for clearing the bill out of which Rs 25,000 was paid by Prithvi Dass, son of Sakhi Dass, in presence of Sudesh Kumar, son of Puran Chand.
The complainant alleged that bill was withheld as the AEE and JE were demanding remaining Rs 15,000. The MLA lodged a formal complaint before the DDC along with supporting documents and also submitted affidavits.
After preliminary verification of facts, the DDC placed both officials under suspension and attached in the office of assistant commissioner, revenue.
An inquiry committee comprising assistant commissioner (development) Joginder Rai, assistant commissioner, revenue, Tilak Raj Shastri and executive engineer, PHE, Nissar Khan has been directed by the DDC to submit the findings of inquiry within two weeks for further action in the matter.