Roshni ‘scam’

A detailed list of all the persons who have been bestowed upon the benefits under Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (vesting of ownership to the occupants) Act popularly known as Roshni Scheme has been sought by the Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan. The Bench has expressed concern over non implementation of earlier directions but granted time for furnishing copy of the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Repeal and Savings Act 2018 enacted by the Governor following dissolution of Legislative Assembly.
The Division Bench has directed respondents to ensure that order dated December 1, 2018 whereby directions were made to the respondents to place on record the repealing of the Jammu and Kashmir Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act 2001 is complied with. It has been made clear by the Court that those on whom the ownership has been conferred will not sell or cause to be sold, such lands under the said scheme nor raise any construction thereon.
It may be noted that a PIL has been filed in the State High Court in this context wherein the Scheme in itself has been challenged dubbing the Act as illegal on the ground of it violating the doctrine of equality and creating a special class of society for conferring undue benefits at the will and whims of the political entities. The legislation enacted in this regard in the state was unheard of in any other part of the country where violators of law and State land grabbers were rewarded, the PIL has thus prayed for declaring the Act as unconstitutional.