Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir vigilance department has registered a case against nine people, including a former revenue secretary and members of a trust run by the erstwhile royal Dogra family, in connection with a multi-crore land scam, officials said today.
According to the findings of the department, the Dharmarth Trust used a forged report and leased out a 75-acre government land to seven private businessmen at a cost of Rs 2.90 crore.
The officials have registered a case against Sachin Dev Singh, then assistant commissioner revenue, Jammu, other officials of the revenue department and members of the Dharmarth Trust.
The accused have been booked for corruption, forgery and criminal conspiracy, an official spokesman said.
The spokesman said that searches at several locations in Jammu and Rajouri were carried out by the vigilance department officials. Documents related to the case were also seized by the officials, the spokesman added.
Dharmath Trust was founded in 1846 by Maharaja Gulab Singh to maintain temples and other properties associated with them in Kashmir, Jammu, Himachal Pardesh, Haridwar and Varanasi. The Trust is now run by the erstwhile royal Dogra family, with Dr. Karan Singh as its Chairman Trustee.
(With inputs from PTI)