HC seeks report on Pahalgam Golf Course land

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 2: The High Court today directed the Government to submit the process of investigation of the case of gross irregularities and illegalities in the acquisition of land for expansion of Golf Course at Pahalgam.
Hearing suo moto cognizance of embezzlement in public exchequer in the process of acquisition of land for expansion of Golf Course at famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar directed the Crime Branch Kashmir to submit the process of investigation of FIR registered with regard to gross irregularities while acquisition of land for expansion of Golf Course at Pahalgam.
Huge amount of public money has been given to the beneficiaries who have illegally made insertions in revenue records with regard to expansion of Golf Course at Pahalgam in league and connivance with the revenue officials.
Although the authorities have initiated the process of making recoveries of the amount paid to the beneficiaries who made insertions in the revenue records in order to get the compensation have not completed the process as yet.
Revenue Department as per court directions have to submit the details regarding the process of effecting recoveries from the beneficiaries who had made insertions in the revenue record(s) on the next date of hearing.
Court has already made it clear that 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.
Court further wants 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 has recorded that since the matter involves 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.
Meantime, one of the beneficiaries Mohammad Ramzan Wani deposited an amount of Rs 5 lakhs before the office of Tehsildar Pahalgam out of Rs 17.75 lakhs.
Wani has given an unconditional undertaking to deposit the said amount which he is stated to be arranging. Court accepted the undertaking tendered by him to deposit the amount with the office of the Tehsildar, Pahalgam.
Court directed him to deposit the entire amount within a period of three months in terms of the undertaking to show his bonafide.
Tehsildar has been directed to submit a report upon receipt of the amount from the applicant-Wani before the court.