Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday directed state government to submit report on the action it had taken on the 2014 court order on land scam in acquisition for Pahalgam Golf Course.
The court granted three weeks to state counsel M A Chashoo to submit the report after he stated that he has received the report from Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) and would need some time to submit it before court.
The division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Sanjeev Kumar remarked that within three weeks the report be tabled before the court so that further course of action is decided.
Commenting on the gravity of the case, in which corrective action is pending despite court order, the court on previous hearing had asked if the CBI should be brought to investigate the matter as it involves huge losses to state exchequer.
Meanwhile, Advocate Jawad Reshi was appointed counsel for beneficiaries who had taken compensation of which they were not entitled to and was directed to file his objections on the matter by next date of hearing.
In its 2014 judgement in petitions regarding land acquisition for expansion of golf course at Pahalgam, the court had noted that state land had been expropriated by changing the nature in disregard of the law and rules, certain lands already acquired by the state continued to be in possession of private individuals and some persons had been allotted alternate lands in lieu of their portions of land, but entries in regard thereto had not been made in the revenue records.
The court had issued notice to chief secretary to get information about the concerned authorities and the corrective actions taken by them.
The court had said: “We need to know and determine the following issues -Who was or were the competent authority/authorities to take the follow up action and implement the common judgment of the Court dated 29.01.2014 in the seven writ petitions, the lead case being Mohd Sultan Khan vs State of J&K?
What course of action should be taken to retrieve the Government money disbursed to persons not entitled thereto, whether under the orders of the Civil Court or otherwise?
What action should be taken against the erring Government functionaries/officers, including the concerned Revenue Officers who remained posted in Anantnag and had an occasion to deal with the matter?
What is the present status of the criminal case that was filed by the Crime Branch before the Court of law and who were the accused therein?
Since the matter involves a huge State exchequer, why should not it be referred to the CBI for a thorough investigation etc., so that the erring Government functionaries and the beneficiaries of such a wrong are brought to justice?”