Gulmarg Land Scam: Challan Produced Against Ex-Div Com

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Srinagar – A challan was produced in the court of Special Judge Anti Corruption by State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) against then Divisional Commissioner and several others in connection with fraud.

A SVO, giving details about the case, today said the organisation has yet to receive prosecution sanction against Indian Administrative Service(IAS) officer and then Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Baseer Ahmad Khan.

He said a tip-off was received that some public servants in league with each other have entered into a criminal conspiracy with accused beneficiaries and in furtherance of criminal conspiracy with dishonest intention.

He said during the investigation it was found that these public servants after manipulating their records and by abusing their official position have illegally conferred the ownership rights on 35 Kanals and 6 Marlas of the prime state land at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg in favour of 9 accused beneficiaries in contravention to the provisions of the J&K State Land (vesting of ownership rights to the occupants) Act 2001, which was not found applicable in Gulmarg.

He said Mehboob Iqbal, the then Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, was found to have made an extra effort in getting the cases processed and holding the meeting for conferring the benefits to the beneficiaries, under Roshni Act, which during investigation was not found applicable in Gulmarg.

The stamp vendors who have also played a vital role by dishonestly and fraudulently providing the accused beneficiaries the stamp paper and attestation of the same in predate, thereby showing their application filed within the cutoff date in Tehsil office Tangmarg for seeking propriety rights on the leased outland at Gulmarg.

He said the accused against whom the challan was presented in the court included Mr Mehbooba Iqbal, Farooq Ahmad Shah, the then Additional Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Garib Singh, the then Tehsildar Tangmarg, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Shah, the then Naib Tehsildar Kunzer, Shabir Ahmad Pir, the then Naib Tehsildar Tangmarg, Azad Farooq Naikoo, the then Girdawar Tehsil Office Tangmarg, Bashir Ahmad Mir, the then Patwari Gulmarg, Abdul Hamid Dar, Nazir Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai, Mushtaq Ahmad , Manzoor Ahmad Burza, Khurshid Ahmad Salmani, Mohammad Afzal Khanday( all beneficiaries), Ghulam Mohammad Dar, stamp Vendor Saddar Court Srinagar and Unise Ahmad Shah, stamp Vendor Sadar Court Srinagar- UNI

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