SRINAGAR, June 6: The High Court while taking suo moto cognizance of money distributed by the Revenue officials in 2014 flood cases to those who were not entitled, is contemplating to refer the case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The issue pertained to disbursing the Government money by the Revenue officials in 2014 in Pahalgam to those persons who were not entitled for the same.
The Division Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice D S Thakur in the first instance sought comprehensive report from the CS with the observation that further course of action would be decided as and when such response and report is filed by the Chief Secretary.
“We order accordingly. Registry to convey the order to Chief Secretary along with copy of paper book, whose copy shall be supplied to the Advocate General”, the DB directed.
The Court said, it needs to know and determine as to what course of action should be taken to retrieve the Government money disbursed to persons not entitled thereto, whether under the orders of the Civil Court or otherwise.
“What action should be taken against the erring Government functionaries/officers, including the concerned Revenue Officers who remained posted in Anantnag and had an occasion to deal with the matter,” the DB said.
Court further wanted to know as to what is the present status of the criminal case that was filed by the Crime Branch before the Court of law and who were the accused therein.
Court recorded in the order that since the matter involved a huge State exchequer, why should not it be referred to the CBI for a thorough investigation etc, so that the erring Government functionaries and the beneficiaries of such a wrong are brought to justice.
“This is not the end of it; numerous issues are likely to surface later as the case proceeds ahead”, read the order of the DB.