Transfer of state land| VOK books ex-DC Srinagar, 5 others

Six persons, including a former Deputy Commissioner and four revenue officials, have been booked by State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) in connection with an 8-year-old case of false mutation of a prime government land worth crores here.

Six persons, including a former Deputy Commissioner and four revenue officials, have been booked by State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) in connection with an 8-year-old case of false mutation of a prime government land worth crores here.

An FIR was lodged against former Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, former Tehsildar South Srinagar, Girdawar, Patwari, and two beneficiaries including a non state subject and land broker on the basis of preliminary probe, an SVO spokesman said.

The Tehsildar was charged with attesting a false mutation regarding 'Nazool' land measuring nearly one acre at Estate Narsing Garh, Magarmal Bagh in favour of Kana, a resident of Banamohala locality of Habba Kadal in interior city, over eight years ago.

"During verification, it came to light that the land in question is state land and the super structures existing thereon were under the occupation of IRP First Battalion C Headquarters and Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department. The Tehsildar, in league with concerned Patwari, Girdwar and the then DC Srinagar, hatched conspiracy with land broker, by way of which attested the land mutation on January 28, 2008 in favour of a non state subject and conferred undue benefit upon him by granting ownership/occupancy rights of the land," the spokesman said.

He said land broker later obtained power of attorney from non state subject on the basis of which the then DC with the connivance of other revenue officials handed over the possession of the land along with super structure to him.

The spokesman said the case was registered against all the six persons under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and Ranbir Penal Code in police station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir.

However, no one was arrested in connection with the case so far, he added.

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