Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe

Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe
Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe
Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe
Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe

Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe

Jammu & Kashmir Councilor Removed for Accepting Bribe

A Shocking Revelation

In a startling turn of events, the Jammu & Kashmir administration has taken swift and decisive action by removing Jyoti Yadav, a councilor representing ward no. 53 of the Jammu Municipal Corporation, from her position. This action comes in the wake of a deeply disturbing incident where she was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe, thus gravely compromising the integrity of her role as a corporator.

The Fall from Grace

Jyoti Yadav, who was once affiliated with the BJP, faced expulsion from the party as a consequence of her misconduct. The expulsion was triggered by her involvement in a corrupt act, as she was apprehended by the vigilant operatives of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accepting a bribe amounting to Rs 10,000. This incident has not only tainted her reputation but has also underscored the importance of ethical conduct among elected officials.

A Government’s Vigilance

The Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD), operating under the Jammu & Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act, acted swiftly to address this egregious breach of trust. Prashant Goyal, the Principal Secretary of H&UDD, issued an order for the immediate removal of Jyoti Yadav as a corporator. This decision was grounded in the clear evidence of her abuse of her official position, as documented in the order.

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Legal Accountability and the Way Forward

Jyoti Yadav attempted to defend herself by denying the allegations and challenging the applicability of sections 8 and 34 of the Jammu & Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act-2000. She contended that the law’s provisions should not be applied to her case. However, the government, through its order, firmly asserted that her conduct squarely falls within the purview of section 34(1)(b) of the Act.

This particular provision empowers the government to take action against a councilor who has flagrantly abused their position, or through negligence or misconduct, has been responsible for the loss or misapplication of any money or property belonging to the corporation.

A Lesson in Accountability

This incident serves as a sobering reminder of the critical need for accountability among elected representatives. The government’s decisive action against Jyoti Yadav underscores that corruption and abuse of power will not be tolerated, even at the grassroots level of governance.

It is also worth noting that this is the second instance since the 2018 urban local body polls where an elected representative has been removed from office on charges of corruption, signaling the government’s commitment to upholding transparency and integrity in public office.

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