Former Custodian General, officers in vigilance net

Jammu: A former Custodian General and some officials have been booked by the state vigilance department for abusing their official position and allotting huge chunk of land to a person at throwaway prices.

Ex Custodian General Jammu Abdul Majeed Wani and many officers of the department have been booked by the department after it was found during verification that 20 Kanal of land (Survey No. 39, 40 and 42 min) at Sunjwan, Bathindi, Channi Himmat Jammu were allotted in favour of Mohammad Ashraf Sheikh at a throwaway prices of Rs 3.6 lac against the rate of Rs 22 lac during the year 2013, an official said.

He said that the officers resorted to gross irregularities causing heavy loss to state exchequer and illegal benefit to themselves and the beneficiaries.

“The verification further revealed that the gross irregularities were in the shape of re-allotting the land fraudulently projecting the land as meant by the beneficiary for religious/institutional purposes which was already allotted in the name of Estate Department in the year 2012, and falsely claiming that rate of the land had been fixed by the Assessment Committee,” he said.

He said a case FIR No. 31/2015 P/s VOJ u/s 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C Act and 120-B RPC has been registered in Vigilance Organization, Jammu against the accused.