The CBI has taken over three circumstances associated to an alleged land allotment rip-off that passed off within the former state of Jammu and Kashmir in collusion with income division officers. This follows final month’s order by the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Court docket, wherein the Act was declared “unconstitutional” and the central company was directed to probe all allotments.
The company has registered three separate circumstances and brought over investigations begun by the Vigilance Organisation of Jammu (now the J&Ok Anti-Corruption Bureau).
The primary case is towards unknown officers of Jammu’s income division and alleges that they conferred “undue advantages upon unlawful occupants of state land” and, subsequently, inflicted “big financial loss to the state exchequer”.
The second, additionally towards unknown officers of the division in Samba district and alleges that they too had conferred “undue pecuniary advantages upon unlawful occupants of state land”. It additionally alleges that land was allotted at incorrectly-fixed costs and, “in lots of circumstances (the quantity) was not remitted to the federal government treasury, thereby inflicting big loss to the state”.
The third case is towards a personal particular person in Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar in addition to unknown income division officers from Jammu and unknown others. The case says the accused officers entered right into a “legal conspiracy” with the personal particular person over allotment of land in Jammu’s Deeli.
Final month the J&Ok Excessive Court docket mentioned all allotments that had taken place beneath the Roshni Act, or the J&Ok State Land (Vesting of Possession to Occupants) Act, 2001, could be null and void.
In 1996 the J&Ok authorities launched a scheme to vest land possession rights on individuals who have been occupying state land by paying part of its assessed worth in the direction of the general public exchequer. The purpose was to regularise unlawful occupants whereas producing funds to construct energy initiatives within the state.
In 2004 and 2007 the J&Ok authorities beneath the Mufti Sayeed and Ghulam Nabi Azad amended this allegedly to learn encroachers. The switch of land started from 2007, after the then authorities framed the foundations.
In 2018, Governor Satya Pal Malik repealed the act and cancelled all pending functions. In December final 12 months he mentioned: “The implementation of the scheme has been such that it has proved to be a Rs 25,000 crore rip-off… Once I got here right here, the very first thing I did was to finish the Roshni scheme and we handed the Roshni circumstances to the ACB for investigation.”
With enter from PTI