HC directs ACB to conduct fresh inquiry into allotment of municipal shops in Pampore

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct a fresh inquiry into the case about allotment of shops during the previous government.
The court directed the director ACB to examine the matter afresh to as ensure that public authority, if found involved in abuse of the authority for their personal gains are taken to task by application of law as enough material has come on record before the court.
It directed Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD) to intimate the action taken on the report of the state vigilance organisation submitted on 18 May 2015.
The court while taking cognizance of plea of the petitioner namely Abdul Hamid Wani who stated that they had filed a complaint before state vigilance organisation (SVO), wherein it was alleged that then former PDP minister Zahoor Ahmad Mir in connivance with officials of municipal committee Pampore had allotted shops at nominal charges which made a loss to government exchequer by more than Rs 1 crore.
The court of Justice AM Magray while hearing the petitioner directed the director urban local bodies Kashmir to constitute a committee and file a report about the assets of the municipal committee including the shops allotted without public notice. “The committee shall furnish the details of the incumbents with reference to the allotments of shops,” the court said.
Meanwhile the court also directed executive officer of municipal committee Pampore to prepare the details of the property of the committee and supply the same on next date of hearing before court.
The ex-minister Zahoor Ahmad Mir was also directed by court not to change the present position of the shops which are in his possession and the court directed the concerned SHO to implement the order.

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