Jammu & Kashmir

Roshni land ‘scam’: CBI court grants bail to two former JK bureaucrats

Srinagar: A special CBI court in Srinagar on Saturday granted bail to a former divisional commissioner and a former deputy commissioner charged in the Roshni land ‘scam’, news agency IANS reported.

Special Judge CBI Srinagar, Jatinder Singh Jamwal granted bail to Mehboob Iqbal, former divisional commissioner (Kashmir) and Ejaz Iqbal, former deputy commissioner (Srinagar) in the Roshni scam, the report said.

As per the report, the preliminary verification conducted by the JK vigilance organization into the allegation of irregularities committed in the transfer of state land in District Srinagar under the Roshni Scheme has revealed that officials of the Revenue Department abused their official positions to confer undue pecuniary benefit to the occupants of State Land.

They, the report said, arbitrarily fixed the price lower than the prevailing market rate of the area, incorrect categorization of occupants, and conferment of ownership rights to non-entitled persons.

The investigation into the multi-crore scam was transferred to the CBI by the JK high court.

Meanwhile, the controversial Roshni act was declared null and void ab initio by the high court and the UT administration was directed to cancel all mutations done to pass on the ownership of these lands to the allottees.


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