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203 Kanals of state land transferred to 32 beneficiaries fraudulently
Multi-crore Land Scam surfaces in Anantnag
8/27/2018 10:32:29 PM
Saahil Suhail
Early Times Report

Anantnag, Aug 27: The Revenue department has fraudulently transferred over 203 Kanals of state land to thirty two (32) beneficiaries in Ranipora village of in South Kashmir's Anantnag district to mint money from the Army.
According to documents available with Early Times, the revenue department officials have committed the fraud during the years of 2010 to 2012 to get some blue-eyed persons benefited from the Indian army.
Documents reveal that 203 kanal of state land was transferred under S-432 to some blue-eyed beneficiaries who were never in possession of this land.
A total of thirty two (32) mutations have been attested from 20-05-2010 to 31-5-2012, documents reveal. State land, that has been transferred, is under the occupation of army from last several decades.
Revenue Experts opinioned that state land under the occupation of any government or semi-government body can't be transferred under S-432.
Government order No. S-432 of 66 dated 3rd June 1966 says that proprietary rights be conferred on the cultivators of state land who are permanent residents of state and have already been declared as tenants-at-will in terms of Government Order No. LB/6-C of 1958 subject to the conditions that land is held by them in self cultivation continuously from Kharif of 1957-58.
However, here the land transferred was never cultivated by the beneficiaries and therefore S-432 has been used fraudulently.
An RTI application was filed seeking information related to the scam. The revenue department in its RTI reply authenticated that 203 kanal of state land was transferred under S-432 and 32 mutations have been attested.
The department further said that Army has so far paid 1685540 rupees to such beneficiaries in whose favor such mutations have been attested.
The department also said that issue of such large scale mutations is a matter of high level enquiry and identified four officials, Mohd Yousf Mir (Retired Tehsildar) Mohd Yousf Wani Presently, GQ Qaimoh Kulgam, Mohd Yousf Presently SQ DC office Anantnag, Mohd Farooq Bhat, presently GQ consolidation involved in attesting such mutations.
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