CBI Takes Control Of Alleged 25,000 Cr Land Fraud Case In J&K, Registers 3 Cases
The CBI was directed to examine the case by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court (File)
The CBI has actually taken over 3 cases related to a supposed land allotment scam that happened in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir in collusion with income department authorities. This follows last month’s order by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, in which the Act was declared “unconstitutional” and the main agency was directed to probe all allotments.
The agency has signed up three separate cases and taken over examinations started by the Vigilance Organisation of Jammu (now the J&K Anti-Corruption Bureau).
The very first case is against unidentified officials of Jammu’s revenue department and declares that they gave “excessive benefits upon illegal residents of state land” and, for that reason, caused “huge monetary loss to the state exchequer”.
The 2nd, likewise against unknown officers of the department in Samba district and declares that they too had actually given “unnecessary budgeting benefits upon illegal residents of state land”. It also declares that land was allotted at incorrectly-fixed rates and, “in most cases (the amount) was not remitted to the government treasury, therefore causing huge loss to the state”.
The 3rd case protests a personal individual in Jammu’s Gandhi Nagar along with unidentified income department authorities from Jammu and unknown others. The case says the accused officials participated in a “criminal conspiracy” with the private person over allocation of land in Jammu’s Deeli.
Last month the J&K High Court said all allotments that had taken place under the Roshni Act, or the J&K State Land (Vesting of Ownership to Residents) Act, 2001, would be null and space.
In 1996 the J&K government launched a plan to vest land ownership rights on individuals who were occupying state land by paying a part of its assessed worth towards the general public exchequer. The aim was to regularise illegal residents while creating funds to build power jobs in the state.
In 2004 and 2007 the J&K government under the Mufti Sayeed and Ghulam Nabi Azad amended this presumably to benefit encroachers. The transfer of land started from 2007, after the then federal government framed the guidelines.
In 2018, Governor Satya Buddy Malik repealed the act and cancelled all pending applications. In December in 2015 he stated: “The application of the plan has been such that it has actually proved to be a Rs 25,000 crore scam … When I came here, the first thing I did was to end the Roshni scheme and we handed the Roshni cases to the ACB for examination.”
With input from PTI
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