Govt sits on plan of surveyed Air field area

SRINAGAR DEFENCE LAND SCAM PROBE

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Jan 31: The Srinagar Defence land scam probe is bogged down in the middle as for the last one year the state government has failed to submit the plan of the surveyed area of Srinagar Air Field sought by the Defense Estates office Srinagar
 Sources in the Defense Estates told Greater Kashmir that the state government’s Revenue department is dragging feet for around one year with regard to the submission of the survey report of the Airfield despite repeated reminders by the Defense Estates office Srinagar.   
 They said that the survey of the Air Field was completed by Revenue department in April 2012, but till date it has not submitted the report to Defense authorities. 
 Pertinently, Ministry of Defence had ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe   in the year 2011, after unearthing of the scam regarding selling of highly sensitive defense land near Srinagar Airport and Srinagar Airfield to private people by land sharks.
 Sources said that after sending several reminders to Revenue department, the Director General of Defense Estates Department took up the matter directly with Chief Secretary Madhav Lal. “A meeting was held at the official chamber of Chief Secretary Madhav Lal on October 23, 2012, which was attended by Director General Defense Estates and Commissioner Secretary Revenue department,” sources said.
 They said that after detailed discussion, the senior functionaries of Revenue department assured that the survey report (plan of the surveyed area) with Khasra numbers plotted therein would   be provided to Defence Estates office Srinagar within a month, but the results remained same.
 They said that even after repeated requests by Director Estates Office Srinagar and personal liaison with concerned Deputy Commissioner and other officials, the said plan was not provided to his office.
 Pertinently, a CBI probe was initiated by Ministry of Defense in year 2011, when it came to fore that more than 100 acres land of the 2,300-acre Srinagar Air Force Station and International Airport has been sold to private players by land sharks who had bribed their way through the Defence Estates Office and the state government's Revenue Department.
 The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry into the matter in 2011 during which it claimed to have found evidence that NoCs were granted to civilians for this prime and strategic piece of land arbitrarily. The agency had also conducted enquiry into the records of the DGDEs and the local revenue, following a request from MoD to probe the sanction of NoC for sale of this land in Kashmir Valley.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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