Estate officials helping mafia to take possession of huge Dal Lake land


Srinagar, February 24:  A trespasser has been helped by the higher officials of Estates Department in annexing a property that belongs to the department worth over Rs 50 crore.

A man named Abdul Ahmad Mir who is a property dealer at Dalgate in Srinagar has claimed that the Estates property – PWD House Dalgate, PWD House No 2 and PWD House No 3 located in the same area belongs to him. His claim is on the property that has been acquired by the PWD Department in 1950 and later transferred to Estates Department in 1968.

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The man has also filed a writ petition in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The sources said that the no official of Estates Department appeared for the hearing in the case which was a deliberate attempt to help Mir and the High Court has at the threshold given the judgment in his favour.

The judgment (dated 28-12-15) reads, “Writ petition in view of short controversy is disposed of with the direction to the respondents 1 to 7 not to interfere with the peaceful possession of petitioner’s land measuring six kanals and 8 marlas, falling under the survey Nos 1614, 1615 and 1616 situated at Brari Nambal Srinagar.”

The sources also suggest that the man was trying to take possession of the property worth Rs 50 crores at Dalgate for last 11 years. The higher officials of Estates Department were seem to be in league with the trespasser.

As Mir got High Court direction in favour of him claiming that he is in the possession of the prime property but the Tehsildar Khanyar in a recent letter (No. 349/TKS/MM/15 dated 30-12-2015) shows that the property belongs and is in the possession of the Estates Department.