Vigilance indicts SMC's 4 ex-officials

Greater Kashmir

HAZURI BAGH SHOPS ALLOTMENT SCAM

Srinagar, Aug 10:  Concluding its inquiry into the allegations of fraud against officials of Srinagar Muncipal Corporation (SMC) in allotting shops at Hazuri Bagh Srinagar, the Vigilance organization of Kashmir has indicted four officials of the Corporation for flouting rules in allotting the shops.
 After carrying out comprehensive inquiry into the matter, the Vigilance has found four former officials of SMC including — Assistant revenue officer, Abdul Rehman Taploo,  Ward officers Farooq Ahmad Mir and Ghulam Mohi-u-din Misger and dealing assistant culpable of preparing false list of 120 dislocated shopkeepers for their rehabilitation at block C at Hazuri bagh, sources said.
 They revealed that letters of acceptance in respect of 74 shopkeepers had been issued by the Corporation. After completing inquiry, the Vigilance had formally registered an FIR in Police Station VOK under various sections of RPC following which probe into the matter has been started.
 Sources said during the inquiry, it was found that SMC was not wielding records to suggest that any of the enlisted beneficiary had a shop, kiosk or khokha and none of them was found paying Muncipal Tax or Temporary Ground rent.
 The dislocation of the enlisted beneficiaries as shopkeepers was also not corroborated by the records of Khilafwarzi section of the corporation, which carries out demolition and keeps its record.
 The inquiry reveals that one Mushtaq Ahmad Kak son of Ghulam Muhammad Kak of Safa Kadal has managed to get ten shops in the block. It has also surfaced that his two sons and nephew enlisted as disclosed shopkeepers were below ten years of age as per their school certificates and they were having any business concern.
 “In collusion with the officials of SMC, Zahoor Ahmad has managed three shops one in his name and the other two in the name of his two nephews,” the inquiry reveals.
 The inquiry further reveals that one of the enlisted dislocated shopkeepers Ghulam Rasool Kamal of Shah Mohalla Nawa Bazar was found to be an official of Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
 “During the inquiry it was found that Mushaq Ahmad Kak and his close kin, Nazir Ahmad Wani of Nawa kadal have been rehabilitated by the SMC in sector -6 Batamaloo also.
 The records reveal that shop of Mushtaq Ahmad Kak in Block C at Hazuri Bagh has been transferred to Mushtaq Ahmad Khan son of Nishat. “Khan does not figure in the list of 120 dislocated shopkeepers. The inquiry has established that the accused officials of the SMC are involved in criminal conspiracy and have abused their official position for pecuniary benefits from the beneficiaries.”