Defence ministry hit by fresh land scam in J&K

About 70 "adhoc NoCs" were issued to private realtors flouting norms for defence land which included the Srinagar air base.

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has been hit
by a fresh land scam with an in-house inquiry finding that
about 70 "adhoc NoCs" were issued to private realtors flouting
norms for defence land which included the Srinagar air base.

A CBI inquiry has been recommended by the Defence
Ministry after it received the inquiry report submitted by its
high-powered committee.

"There was some Defence Estates Organisation (DEO)
gentlemen before who had issued some adhoc NOCs. The matter is
for investigation... a high-powered Defence Ministry team had
gone there to look into the matter," IAF chief Air Chief
Marshal NAK Browne told reporters here on Monday.

The DEO there had issued around 70 NOCs to private
realtors and the last four were given for the IAF land over
which the Srinagar airfield is built and a CBI probe has been
recommended by the Defence Ministry, sources said here.

Sources said the probe had found that in collusion with
State government officials, the DEO officials had issued NoCs
to sell land in and around the air force station and the 15
Corps headquarters.

Browne said the services don`t see the issue of piece of
defence land given to private realtors as just a land issue as
"this is question of our security and that can`t be

Browne said the service had land in five pockets in the
city which was fenced and the IAF "didn`t issue NoCs neither
on ground or air."

Browne said that management of defence land was the
responsibility of the DEO and they have given CDs of the land
records to units to verify whether the land records in
respective areas.

The Air Chief also expressed concern over the
construction of high-rise buildings overseeing the air force
bases in places such as Pune and Bareilly.

The role of DEO officials had come under the scanner
during the Adarsh land scam in Mumbai where they had issued
NoCs to private realtors for constructing a 30-storey building
over-looking key military installations there.

A BJP delegation had also met Defence Minister AK Antony
last month alleging an organised land scam worth Rs 1000 crore
in Jammu and Kashmir, involving Defence and revenue officials
in league with local politicians.

They also charged a Defence estate official, who had been
earlier indicted by the CAG in Mumbai’s Adarsh scam, for
issuing rampant no-objection certificates and selling
defence lands in Srinagar.

After the Sukna and Adarsh land scams broke out, the
Defence Ministry said it has taken several steps to streamline
the management of defence land.


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