Biggest land scam of J&K Surfaces, 2 IAS officers among 49 found guilty

In the biggest land scam of Jammu and Kashmir, 49 people have been found guilty including two serving IAS officers and officials of the Revenue Department. The General Administration Department (GAD) is allegedly helping the influential people in the lot. Moreover, the details regarding the cases cannot be obtained from the Deputy Commissioners offices which further is not allowing the accused people to be put on trial.

Despite several reminders by the State Vigilance Organization, no information was received from the offices of Deputy Commissioners. Earlier 16 FIRs were registered under the Rohini land scam but a completion of just four cases has been done till date. While in other cases not much progress has been made owing to the fact that no support is provided from the concerned offices.

Even two serving IAS officers were indicted by the State Vigilance Organization which includes Sudhanshu Pandey  who is presently on Central deputation and Hirdesh Kumar Singh who is presently Commissioner Secretary, Information Technology. As per rules, the two in-service public servants cannot prosecuted until and unless General Administration Department approaches the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India to seek their approval for the same.

The case was initially forwarded to GAD on January 8, 2016 but the approval for prosecution has still not been received while some clarifications have been sought.

The details pertaining to the receivers of the land near Khanabal village of Anantnag district and Chadoora area of Budgam district are still awaited because the officers working in the Deputy Commissioner’s Offices are reluctant to share the details.

The only gridlock in this case is the non-cooperative attitude of the authorities which are reluctant to give details about the case even when the High Court has repeatedly  given directions for the same since April 2015 by then Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Justice M M Kumar.

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