CBI probe ordered into giving NOC for IAF land

Finding irregularities in the NOC issued for an Air Force land in Srinagar, the Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI inquiry to investigate the case.

New Delhi: Finding irregularities in the No-
Objection Certificate (NOC) issued for an Air Force land in
Srinagar, the Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI inquiry to
investigate the case and fix responsibilities.

"On receipt of complaint, a preliminary inquiry was
conducted. It was found that prima-facie there have been
irregularities in the issue of NOCs which may have wider
implications," Defence Minister A K Antony told the Rajya
Sabha today.

"In order to get the matter thoroughly investigated and
fix responsibility, the government has entrusted the inquiry
to CBI," he said in a written reply.
During the preliminary probe, it was found that more than
70 NOCs were issued by the defence estates department in
Srinagar during the last four years.

These NOCs were issued to the private parties to buy more
than 200 acres of land near high-security military
installations in Srinagar.

As per the NOCs, the defence ministry had never acquired
the land, contrary to records showing that the government had
bought the land in the 1960s.

To a question whether armed forces have objected to
spectrum allocation plans, the Defence Minister said, "It is
viewed that decision regarding frequency allocation be in
consonance with the need of the armed forces and national
security interests."
Replying to another question on manufacturing of Sukhoi-30
MKI fighters in the country, Minister of State for Defence M M
Pallam Raju said, "The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has
started manufacturing of Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters.

PTI

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