SAC dismisses complaint against CM, Director Estates


Jammu, Dec 26: State Accountability Commission today dismissed a complaint against Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and officials of Estates Department alleging “undue” favour to a Supreme Court judge
The Commaission, comprising Justice YP Nargotra (rtd) Chairperson and Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain (rtd) Member dismissed the complaint filed by a local resident, Gajan Singh, alleging that the Chief Minister and Khurshid Ahmed Shah the then Director Estates Department favored a Apex Court judge from Jammu, whose residential house had been leased out to the department in Jammu.
“It was alleged that the house was taken on least on October 1, 2006 without prior fixation of rent, which was fixed only on July 25, 2007 at Rs 70000 per month and later enhanced to Rs 1.40 lacs per month by the order dated November 24, 2010”.
The complainant had alleged that undue favour has been shown and conferred upon house owner by the Government by giving 100% increase in the rent on the report of Durbar Move Rent Assessment Committee instead of the State level Rent Assessment Committee competent to fix the rent.
It was alleged that though the rent was re-assessed on 24-11-2010 it was made to be payable from date of actual occupation of the house.
In its preliminary investigation, the Commission scrutinized the office record of the department. “SAC finds no violation of any of the norms in making the re-assessment of the rent. We have also not found correctness in the assertion of the complainant that rent has been made payable retrospectively from the initial date of occupation i.e. October, 2006”, the Commission, in its approved for reporting Judgement observed.
“Payment upto November, 2010 for house No. 3, Manda Hills Jammu was released at Rs 70,000 per month, another payment amounting to Rs 4,20000 (less by 10% Income Tax and draft charges) Rs 3,77,164/- vide draft No. 745730 dated 17-03-2012 for the months of December 2010 to February,2011 @ Rs 140,000/- per month was released in favour of house owner by the Deputy Director Estates, Jammu, which he refused to accept vide his counsel letter dated 12-04-2012”, the Commission observed further.
While dismissing the complaint, it further observed that it is of the firm view that at “No stage any undue favour can be said to have been bestowed by the Chief Minister or the Government upon the house owner when this being not the only case in which rent was enhanced and as such, there is no merit in the complaint.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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