HC seeks investigation status on Pahalgam Golf Course land acquisition scam

HC seeks investigation status on Pahalgam Golf Course land acquisition scam

Srinagar: The J&K High Court Tuesday directed state government to report to it about the investigation process into the FIR related to irregularities and illegalities into acquisition of land for expansion of Golf Course at Pahalgam.
Earlier court had issued notice to Chief Secretary to file comprehensive response and status report on the follow up action on a 2014 court order on land scam in acquisition for Pahalgam Golf Course.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar court observed that since 2014 when the court passed the judgement, no follow up reports or status of investigation process has been brought before us, so it is imperative that concerned officials do the same and file report before court without any further delay.
In its 2014 judgement in petitions surrounding land acquisition for expansion of golf course at Pahalgam the court had noted that land belonging to the state 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 said the notice to chief secretary was meant to get information about the concerned competent authorities and the corrective actions taken by them.
“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?’ the court had noted.