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CBI starts probe into Srinagar Cantonment land grab case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has registered a case of alleged encroachment of defence land worth crores of rupees by hotel owners in the sensitive area in Srinagar, officials said on Saturday.

The agency has booked then Officers of the Ajay Kumar Choudhary and B K Kaul, Tariq Ahmad Khanday, Tramboo Joinery Mills owner Muzaffar Rashid Wani, owner of an under and owner of hotel Muneer Ahmad Bakshi, they said.

The agency had registered a preliminary inquiry in the case on November 27, 2018 which revealed that officials of the board allegedly facilitated the hotel and mill owners in grabbing defence land.

The inquiry established that Hotel Solomon Heights, under-of and Tramboo Joinery Mills were standing on defence land, the officials said.

Their lease deed had expired and further lease deed was executed without permission of defence authorities, which was illegal and unauthorised, the officials said.

"The concerned JE and CEOs submitted false report being fully aware about the status of land and facilitated the accused private persons to obtain permission from the board on the defence land by putting the status of land as private in Tramboo Joinery Mills," the alleged.

The FIR accused Kaul (now retired), Chaudhary and Khandey of entering into criminal conspiracy to facilitate illegal occupants, causing huge loss to the defence ministry.

It is alleged that land measuring 11 kanals and nine marla was given on a 20-year lease by the defence authority to Indraj Sharma from 1954 to 1974. Sharma allegedly leased out the land to one in 1960 on which was constructed.

"The value of the said land is in crores as it is on the highway at Sonwar area in which is very posh and a secure location in It is presently occupied by Muneer Ahmad Bakshi, son of A M Bakshi, and was constructed on defence land and its lease already stands expired," the FIR alleged.

After the expiry of the lease deed, nothing was paid to the defence authority by the illegal occupants and the officials concerned, including Khanday, did not take suitable action against the owner, it alleged.

The lease was also not extended by the officials, causing a huge loss to the defence ministry, it said.

In the case of the under construction hotel, the agency alleged that P N Takoo illegally leased out the land to

The preliminary inquiry found that the lease of the Trust through Takoo had already expired, ruling out any question of further lease to Wani, but the officials did not stop fresh construction, facilitating the illegal occupation.

The agency said Tramboo Joinery Mills is also on the land of for which lease was allegedly expired, but the trust executed a lease deed to Wani in 2005.

The FIR alleged that Wani was not an authorised occupant for obtaining any kind of permission for repair, but then of the granted the same to him.

A show cause notice was later issued by Kaul for alleged violation of permission. Two years later, Wani's request for grant of license was rejected by then

In the mean time, joined as next A fresh request for grant of license concealing the fact that the mill was illegal construction was put up before it, the FIR alleged.

The permission was granted subject to conditions laid down by the board in 2009, it said.

"Khanday and Chaudhary abused their official position in connivance with through his holder Habibullah Mir and certified that the land in question was a private land," it alleged.

The alleged that Khanday, Kaul and Chaudhary conspired with Wani and facilitated new illegal construction on the defence land.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:10 IST