J&K ACB books ex-revenue officials in corruption charges

Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) on Friday booked former revenue officials on corruption charges.

An official spokesman said that the ACB registered a case under relevant sections against Balwant Singh, then Tehsildar Rajouri (now retired), Mohd. Rafiq, then Patwari Rehtal, private beneficiaries namely Kanwal Singh, a resident of Choudhary Nar Tehsil Rajouri, Masood Anwar, a resident of Choudhary Nar Tehsil in Rajouri district and others.

The Spokesman said the instant case was registered on the outcome of verification conducted by ACB under a written complaint alleging that Balwant Singh, after conspiring with Kanwal Singh just for extraneous considerations and with malafide intention passed the order on March 25, 2010, in a mutation case whereby only Kanwal Singh was declared as Tenant-at-will leaving other legal heirs/ successors of Late Brij Lal.

During verification, he said it surfaced that Balwant Singh, and Mohd Rafiq, illegally/arbitrarily transferred land in favour of beneficiaries by effecting entries in favour of them.

The revenue officers/officials recorded and attested mutation in favour of Kanwal Singh, ignoring the right of his brother Brij Lal.

Similarly, other mutations were also recorded and attested in favour of one Masood Anwar for land measuring 5 marlas situated at Rehtal in violation of conditions laid down.

All such mutations attested by which proprietary rights were given to beneficiaries are found to be attested in violation of conditions laid down in government orders as the beneficiaries were not in continuous possession of the said land since 1957-58, which is a pre-requisite condition for attestation of said mutations.

As per the enquiry conducted, different entries in Parat Sarkar and Parat Patwar of mutation are found to contradict each other.

The facts disclosed the commission of offences punishable against then revenue officers/officials as well as beneficiaries while further investigation in the case is going on, he added.