An official of Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department (PDD) was taken into custody by Crime Branch for allegedly siphoning off Rs 5.72 crore from a government account to 22 private bank accounts belonging to him and his relatives.
Acting on a complaint received against Malik, the Crime Branch sleuths found that he had fraudulently drained an amount of Rs 5.72 crore from an official account standing in the name of Executive Engineer Electric Division Sumbal.
The accused and his family members earned Rs 43.82 lakh as interest on the siphoned off public money in these bank accounts, which have now been frozen, the spokesman said.
He said a case under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused and more arrests are likely.
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