Officials reportedly extended property rights to people not eligible for J & K’s Gulmarg

The Central Bureau of Investigation hired 17 people, including senior officials from the revenue department, for allegedly extending property rights to ineligible people in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg under the now-repealed Roshni Law .

Among those appointed to the FIR are then-Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Mahboob Iqbal; District collector Nasir Khan; Chairman and CEO of Gulmarg Development Authority Farooq Ahmed Lone; Additional Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah; Deputy Commissioner Rafiq Ahmad; then Samad Hafiz, co-director of the tourism department; and tehsildar Garib Singh.

It is alleged that officials conspired with ineligible candidates to award them ownership of land in the Gulmarg Estate without following proper procedures. Some of them were also received after the deadline for submitting applications.

On the instructions of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, the CBI has registered several cases relating to the unlawful granting of ownership of parcels of public land and forests to occupiers illegal under the law. The scam is said to be worth ₹ 25,000 crore. The allegations of huge losses to the public treasury had previously been examined by the vigilance department at the time. Subsequently, the cases were recorded by the local police.

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