Roshni rip-off: Farooq Abdullah’s sister amongst outstanding folks named in checklist of those that grabbed govt land

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Roshni rip-off: Farooq Abdullah’s sister amongst outstanding folks named in checklist of those that grabbed govt land

Nationwide Convention president Farooq Abdullah’s sister, an influential mahant and two outstanding hoteliers together with a Congress chief determine within the second checklist of 269 individuals who have availed land underneath the now-scrapped Roshni Act. The Jammu administration additionally launched one other checklist of seven individuals who’ve allegedly encroached upon state land and it included a PDP chief, a retired inspector common of police and a senior superintendent of police.

In line with the recent checklist uploaded on the web site of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, majority of the 131 beneficiaries together with a former bureaucrat and his spouse legalised their residential locations underneath the Roshni scheme, whereas there are additionally names of dozens of businessmen who have gotten the possession rights of their industrial buildings.

That is the second checklist of beneficiaries issued by the divisional administration in accordance with the October 9 directive of the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Court docket which has declared Roshni Act “unlawful, unconstitutional and unsustainable” and ordered a CBI probe into the allotment of the land underneath this regulation.

The administration uploaded an inventory of 35 beneficiaries which included former finance minister Haseeb Drabu, a few of his family members and high hoteliers and a former bureaucrat earlier.

The second checklist included names of Congress chief Ok Ok Amla and Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya, each outstanding businessmen and hoteliers in addition to former bureaucrat Mohammad Shafi Pandit and his spouse.

Suriya Abdullah, sister of Farooq Abdullah, was additionally named among the many beneficiaries who acquired possession of an over three kanal plot underneath residential use.

In line with the checklist, the land had been accepted by the authorities however she was but to pay Rs 1 crore charges. No discover has been issued to her for the reason that time of approving the land in her title.

In Jammu, the divisional commissioner individually launched one other checklist of 138 beneficiaries falling in Jammu south tehsil, largely belonging to the bulk group, who’re in possession of over 107 acres of land which was vested to them underneath Roshni Act.

Although majority of them are agriculturalists and farmers, there are additionally some influential folks together with the trustee of Digiana Ashram, Mahant Manjeet Singh who owns seven kanals of land.

In a separate checklist underneath encroached state land (Bodily Encroached however not proven in Income Report) apart from Roshni, it recognized seven individuals who’re in possession of over 5 acres of land.

The checklist included PDP chief Talib Choudhary (two kanals), PDP workplace having three kanals of land at Bahu-Sunjwan tehsil, retired IGP Nisar Ali (three kanals), retired SSP Mirza Rasheed (three kanals) and outstanding businessman Haji Sultan Ali, who owns the main chunk of 30 kanals of land.

The Jammu divisional administration had on Tuesday launched separate lists of 541 folks, nearly all belonging to the bulk group, in several tehsils who’ve availed land underneath the Roshi Act in addition to two lists of 9 individuals who’ve allegedly encroached upon the state land apart from the Roshni Act, which included Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah.

As well as, it had additionally launched two extra lists of 1,237 alleged encroachers falling in two tehsils, nearly all from the bulk group.

On November 1, the Union territory administration cancelled all land transfers that came about underneath the JK State Land (Vesting of Possession to the Occupants) Act, 2001 – often known as the Roshni Act – underneath which 2.5 lakh acres of land was to be transferred to the present occupants.

The principal secretary and income division have been requested to work out a plan to retrieve giant tracts of state land vested underneath the Act. In line with the excessive court docket order, a complete of 6,04,602 kanals (75,575 acres) of state land had been regularised and transferred to the occupants. This included 5,71,210 kanals (71,401 acres) in Jammu and 33,392 kanals (4174 acres) within the Kashmir province.

“Principal Secretary to Authorities, Income Division shall additionally work out the modalities and plan to evict encroachers from such State Land and retrieve the State land inside a interval of six months. Principal Secretary to Authorities, Income Division shall work out modalities for dealing with the cash obtained for these lands after annulment,” the JK authorities had stated in an announcement.

In line with the order, full identities of influential individuals, together with ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, authorities officers, law enforcement officials and businessmen, their family members or individuals holding benami for them, who’ve derived profit underneath the Roshni Act, shall be made public inside a interval of 1 month.

The Roshni Act was enacted in 2001 with the dual goal of producing sources for financing energy initiatives and conferment of proprietary rights to the occupants of the state land. It initially envisaged conferment of proprietary rights of round 20.55 lakh kanals (102750 hectares) to the occupants of which solely 15.85 per cent land was accepted for vesting of possession rights.

The scheme was lastly repealed by the then governor Satya Pal Malik on November 28, 2018.

Amid stories about its widespread misuse, all the laws was challenged earlier than the excessive court docket which stayed the proceedings underneath the Act and in addition directed that neither the occupants having been conferred upon the possession rights shall promote these lands nor can increase constructions on such lands.

In 2014, nonetheless, the Comptroller and Auditor Normal had estimated that solely Rs 76 crore had been raised from the switch of encroached land between 2007 and 2013.

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