Srinagar defence land scam: CBI conducts raids
An enquiry against a Defence Estates Officer showed that a NOC was given to private persons to sell/build on defence land in Srinagar.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday carried out raids in Jammu, Srinagar, Patna and Delhi regarding a defence land scam in Srinagar.
A new case was registered after a preliminary enquiry against a Defence Estates Officer (DEO) of 1997 batch, and others showed that a No Objection Certificate (NOC) was given to private persons to sell/build on defence land sprawling several acres.
The CBI has named Ajay Chowdhary, a 1997-batch Defence Estates Official, and others in the FIR registered under the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
The agency had also conducted enquiry into the records of the Directorate General of Defence Estates and the local revenue, following a request from the Defence Ministry to probe the sanction of the NoC for sale of this land in Kashmir valley.
Defence Minister AK Antony had last year informed Parliament that on receipt of complaint, a preliminary enquiry was conducted during which it was found that prima-facie there have been irregularities in the issuance of NOCs which may have wider implications.
During the preliminary probe of the Defence Ministry, it was found that more than 70 NOCs were issued by the defence estates department in Srinagar during the last four years. These NOCs were issued to private parties to buy more than 200 acres of land near high-security military installations in Srinagar.
(With additional information from PTI)