SVO books Tehsildar, others in land fraud case

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation today registered a case in connection with the violation of rules in conferring ownership rights of government land to a displaced family in Jammu district. 

“The State Vigilance Organization has registered a case FIR No. 22/2015 against the then Tehsildar Settlement, Jammu and other officers and officials of Revenue Department, Jammu who in a conspired manner conferred ownership rights of government land to a displaced family in violation of rules”, a senior officer said. 

The verification conducted into the matter revealed that the officials acted in violation of Cabinet Order No. 578-C of 1994 dated May 7, 1954, whereby land prescribed for displaced families from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in any case should not exceed 4 acre (32 kanals) of ‘Aabi’ (farm land) or 6 acre (48 kanals) of ‘Khushki’ land (dry land), he said. 

On February 25, 1995, the then Tehsildar Settlement and other officials conferred ownership rights of government land, measuring 36 kanals 16 marlas in Jammu’s Deeli village upon one Krishana Wanti, wife of late Deputy Ram (displaced person of 1947) resident of Trikuta Nagar, Jammu. 

The senior official said the above mentioned Krishna Wanti had already been allotted land measuring 48 kanals spread across four villages – Deeli, Paloura, Muthi and Barnai in Jammu, adding that the allotment of excess land measuring was in violation of rules. 

The aforementioned acts of omission and commission on the part of above mentioned officers constitutes an offense punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act 2006 and the Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC). 

Further investigation is on in the case, the official said.

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