SVO registers case against J&K officials in Roshni scam

Several Jammu and Kashmir revenue department officers were on Friday booked for alleged fraud in transfer of land under Roshni Act by the State Vigilance Organisation.

Jammu: Several Jammu and Kashmir revenue department officers were on Friday booked for alleged fraud in transfer of land under Roshni Act by the State Vigilance Organisation.

A complaint was received from the Principal Accountant General (Audit) claiming illegalities committed in the transfer of state land under Roshni Act by officers of Revenue Department in Udhampur district, he said.

An enquiry was done during which it emerged that while settling the cases of illegal occupants for vesting of ownership rights, the officers of Revenue Department District Udhampur have committed illegalities by abusing their official position which include improper recorded possession, insufficient and incomplete documents, and the rates have not been fixed by Price Fixation Committee as per provision of the Act.

In many cases, money has not been remitted to Government Treasury besides, violation of prevention of Ribbon Development Act, non-eviction of illegal occupants from the state land and not putting the state land to auction, he said.

A case has been registered against the revenue officers/officials of District Udhampur and further investigation taken up, he added.  

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