Pahalgam Embezzlement: HC Gives Govt 4 Weeks to Respond on CBI Probe   


SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed government to the file response by four weeks to Public Interest Litigation on manipulation of records for giving compensation to people who were not entitled to it against land acquisition for extension of Pahalgam Golf Course.  

A division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice and Tashi Rabstan asked the Advocate General to file the response in compliance to the court directions on June 6 this year, asking the government as to why the matter should not be referred to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“What action should be taken against the erring Government functionaries/officers, including the concerned revenue officers who remained posted in Anantnag and had an occasion to deal with the matter,” the court had asked. 

Referring to the violation of Court directions in a judgment issued in 2014, the court observed that the concerned functionaries did not take any remedial measures against the award with regard to land acquisition and, instead, waited for two months allowed by this Court in that regard to elapse. 

“Thereafter, it appears, the Collector made certain References under Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act. Two of these References have come to the notice of the undersigned, mention whereof would be made latter. It would first be appropriate to mention what was the matter and what had transpired during the hearing of the aforesaid seven writ petitions” court had said. 

The court wanted to know as to who was or were the competent authority/authorities to take the follow up action and implement the common judgment of the Court of 2014 in seven related writ petitions. The court also wanted to know the course of action taken by the government to retrieve the Government money disbursed to persons not entitled to it whether under the orders of the civil court or otherwise.

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