Anti-graft body files chargesheet in fraudulent land mutation in Kishtwar

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Srinagar: Vigilance Organization Jammu(VOJ) has produced chargesheet against then revenue officials and beneficiaries for fraudulently mutation of government land.

In a statement issued here, VOJ said that Abdul Rashid Bhat the then Tehsildar, Kishtwar son of Abdul Aziz Bhat resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar (deceased), Mohd Iqbal Kichloo then Girdawar Circle Pouchal son of Ghulam Mohd resident of Bhagna Tehsil & District Kishtwar (retired. Om Dutt then Patwari Halqa Pouchal son of Kunj Lal resident of Matta Tehsil & District Kishtwar (retired), Abdul Qayoom the then Girdawar, Pouchal son of Ghulam Rasool Sheikh resident of Haryal Chowk Kishtwar (retired) and the accused private beneficiaries Vinod Kumar son of Anant Ram Parihar resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar, Om Parkesh son of Anant Ram Parihar resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar, Sat Paul son of Anant Ram Parihar resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar, Pardeep Singh son of Naib Chand resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar, Dewan Chand Son of Nath Ram R/O Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar, Surinder Kumar son of Anant Ram resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar and Kuljeet Singh Son of Anant Ram resident of Pouchal Tehsil & District Kishtwar before the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Doda in case FIR No.03/2014 P/S VOJ 5(1) (d) r/w section 5(2) P.C. Act Svt. 2006 & sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B RPC.

The statement states that the case was registered in P/S VOJ on the basis of a verification conducted into the allegations made in the complaint lodged by Lal Chand son of Anant Ram Resident of Pouchal Tehsil & Distt. Kishtwar and another on 03.02.2011 alleging therein that land measuring 60 kanals and 16 marlas falling under Khasra No.2772/583 min which was shown in revenue records since 1971 as Government land not inhabited by anyone has been fraudulently mutated by the revenue authorities in the name of Pardeep Singh and others on monetary considerations.

“It was alleged that said land was coming within the alignment of the Kishtwar Chatroo Sinthan Road and involved huge amount of the compensation which prompted the above action by the revenue authorities who acted with malafide intentions to confer undue benefit upon Pardeep Singh and others in lieu of huge monetary benefits. The verification conducted has revealed that the said land was “Shamlat Deh” and the proprietary land owners of the village had proportionate share in the same but Abdul Rashid Bhat the then Tehsildar, Kishtwar, then Girdawar, Halqa Pouchal , then Patwari Halqa Pouchal and Mohd Iqbal Kichloo then Patwari Halqa Pouchal entered into criminal conspiracy with the beneficiaries by abusing their official position made fraudulent entries in revenue record exclusively in their favour in respect of the portion of land falling under Kh. No.2772/583 of village Pouchal which was coming under alignment of Kishtwar-Sinthan Road. This was done by initially changing the status of land from “Gair Mumkin Jarh” to Gora in the year 2003 and subsequently attested mutations of the said land in favour of the beneficiaries in the year 2010 by showing their possession over the same since the year 1971,” statement reads.

Even the possession of Kuljeet Singh and Pardeep Singh has been shown since 1971 whereas their dates of birth have been found as 02.02.1977 and 05.04.1964 respectively, besides the status of the land has been found as Jarh on spot which shows that mutations have been prepared fraudulently to confer undue benefit upon the beneficiaries and themselves, statement said.

After completing of the investigation the case was processed for obtaining approval from the competent authority and after obtaining the approval, Challan of the case has been produced against the above named accused public servants/beneficiaries in the concerned competent trial court for judicial determination, statement added.