SMC officials in ACB net over 'illegal construction'

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Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday registered a case against officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for their alleged role in illegal construction of Abdullah Shopping Plaza at Kursu Rajbagh, Srinagar.

A statement said a joint surprise check was conducted by ACB police station Srinagar to look into the allegations of illegal construction, during which it surfaced that building permission was issued by the SMC in favor of Muhammad Abdullah Dar, son of Abdul Kabir Dar of Rajbagh, for extension of already existing three-storey house after dismantling the existing single-storey shops adjacent to the house.

The investigation revealed that Dar under the garb of the order (No 2926 of 2018), in its utter violation, constructed a four-storied commercial complex, said the statement, adding it surfaced that the officials did not stop construction neither did they take action against the legal act.

It said instead the officials provided ample opportunity to the beneficiary for completion of the structure and intentionally delayed issuance of demolition notice which was served after 14 months from commencement of illegal construction, said the statement.

It said accordingly a case (FIR N011/2020) was registered against the officers/officials of the SMC on August 27, and in compliance to a court order, searches were conducted in residential houses of accused persons, namely Mehraj-ud-din Bhuja, Ward Officer Bemina; Nisar Ahmad Rah, Building Inspector Nawab Bazar; Bashir Ahmad Shah, Enforcement Officer Peer Bagh areas and Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Building Inspector Doru Anantnag and incriminating material/documents, were recovered