CBI book former Pulwama DC among 13 in `Roshni scam’

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Jammu:  Central Bureau of Investigation has booked the then Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama Mehraj Ahmed Kakroo among 13 people in connection with the alleged illegal conferment of ownership rights on unauthorized occupants of the State land in Jammu and Kashmir under the now repealed Roshni Act.

The case pertains to land that measuring 6 kanal, 10 marlas and 4 sersai, which was illegally occupied by Ghulam Ahmed Pandith, Ghulam Nabi Naikoo, Mohammad Amin Pandith and Farhat Pandith, Abdul Majid Sheikh and Ghulam Rasool Wani, as alleged.

A committee comprising the then Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama Mehraj Ahmed Kakroo, then Additional Deputy Commissioner Iftikar ul Hasnain Bari, then Assistant Commissioner Mohammed Rajab Bhat and three other revenue officials — Abdul Razak Wagay, Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh and Maqbool Ahanger — gave the ownership rights to the beneficiaries.

All the accused officials and the beneficiaries have been named in the FIR. The CBI has so far registered several cases related to the Rs 25,000 crore ‘Roshni’ scam.