‘ILLEGAL’ CONSTRUCTION BY MINISTER

In the case of alleged illegal construction over forest land by a sitting Minister, A Division Bench of the State High Court today sought Vigilance Department’s response in the form of a status report on the charges levelled by DC Jammu on DFO Jammu and other officials for failing to conduct a joint demarcation of forest.

In the case of alleged  illegal  construction over forest land  by a sitting Minister,   A Division Bench of the State High Court today sought Vigilance Department's response in the form of a status report on the charges levelled by DC Jammu on DFO Jammu and other officials for failing to conduct a joint demarcation of forest.

The DB comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan was hearing the petition filed by one Ankur Sharma seeking registration of FIR against sitting Cabinet Minister Abdul Ghani Kohli.

The DC Jammu had earlier vide it's Status report dated 29.07.2016 been accused of non cooperation by the State Vigilance Organization 'for preparing an unauthentic and misleading report through Tehsildar Bahu creating confusions in the entire probe'.

Advocate Ankur Sharma while arguing the matter sought attention of the Court to the reply filed by DC Jammu on 13.12.2016 wherein DC Jammu accused DFO Jammu of non action saying that despite constitution of a multi member committee vide DC Jammu's order No. 154-DCJ of 2015 dated 26.12.2015, the DFO led committee was not able to conclude the demarcation for almost six months.

In the successive paragraphs of the reply, the DC Jammu submitted that since DFO and team had failed in their job and owing to the urgency of the matter involved, he directed Tehsildar Bahu to conduct the said demarcation on mission mode and a report was filed on 30.05.2016. 

After hearing the Respondents including Advocates representing the Minister Abdul Ghani Kohli, the Division Bench directed the Vigilance to take a stand on the reply filed by DC                                    Jammu.

Ankur Sharma stressed for the registration of FIR against the suspects but owing to the take of the Vigilance that they will come up with a detailed reply to DC Jammu's report, the matter was posted for 29.12.2016. JNF

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