Booked in 2015, SVO arrests ex-LAWDA enforcement officer

Jammu:

Booked on December 21, 2015; State Vigilance Organization (SVO) on Tuesday arrested Shah Sikander Khan who was allegedly involved in facilitating illegal construction of a house in Nishat in Srinagar outskirts.

SVO has maintained that Khan has been arrested since the investigation in the case cannot proceed until the accused is not interrogated. It has added that an FIR No. 53/2015 was registered Police Station VOK against the then Enforcement officer of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) DySP Shah Sikander Khan and others and the beneficiary under Section 5(1) (d) r/w Section 5(2) J&K P.C Act, Svt. 2006 and section 120-B RPC.

The official said that the VOK conducted investigation into construction of a double storey house owned and constructed by Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah alias Billu Kawoosa son of Ghulam Qadir Shah at Ishber Nishat in 2014 without obtaining any building permission from LAWDA. The construction of the house has been raised with the active knowledge and with intentional aid of the Enforcement Wing of LAWDA Srinagar, but the then Enforcement Officer of LAWDA Srinagar, Shah Sikander Khan, Deputy SP and his enforcement staff by acting in league with each other and with beneficiary.

They have been accused of allowing the accused to raise illegal construction and then neither stopped nor demolished the said structure. Khan and others have abused their official positions by conferring undue favour, advantage, benefit and wrongful gain to the owner, which is a criminal conspiracy hatched by and between them and the accused beneficiary. Two more cases under FIR No. 52/2015 and 54/2015 pertaining to abuse of official position and accumulation of disproportionate assets are also registered in Police Station VOK against the accused DySP.

In the FIR no. 52/2015; verification conducted by Vigilance Organization Kashmir into the allegations that officers/officials of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Srinagar have allowed illegal construction at Pahloo Brain by Ghulam Nabi Hafiz against consideration revealed that a singly storey concrete house was constructed by Ghulam Nabi Hafiz S/o Ghulam Mohammad Hafiz at Pahloo Brain in the year 2014-15 without obtaining any building permission.

Verification also revealed that the concerned watchers of the area namely Mohammad Younus Lala and Abdul Rehman Dar had informed the then Enforcement Officer, Shah Sikandar Khan, about the said illegal construction in time. Besides, the Secretary LAWDA also directed the said Enforcement Officer to take action on the illegal construction. However, Khan neither stopped the raising of the illegal construction nor took any step to demolish or to stop the illegal construction.

By acting in the aforesaid manner the then Enforcement Officer, Shah Sikander Khan, and others in league with the beneficiary Ghulam Nabi Hafiz have abused their official positions and allowed the raising of the said illegal construction against consideration thereby conferred undue pecuniary advantage upon themselves and upon the said beneficiary. “Accordingly a case FIR No. 52/2015 P/S VOK was registered against the then Enforcement Officer, Dy. SP. Shah Sikander Khan, and beneficiary Ghulam Nabi Hafiz and others under Section 5(1)(d) r/w Section 5(2) J&K P.C Act, Svt. 2006 and section 120-B RPC. Khan is to be investigated for this FIR also.

Third FIR No. 54/2015 u/s  5(1)(e) r/w 5(2) under Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act was lodged against Khan in the disproportionate assets case. SVO had then raided the house of Khan at Rajbagh and seized documents pertaining to purchase of immovable property. During extensive house search, SVO had claimed to have recovered various documents which pertained to the purchase of immovable property by the accused Enforcement Officer while in active service. The accused allegedly owns a huge shopping complex at Batamaloo Srinagar.

He has 2 kanals 18 Marlas of land at Batamaloo. He also owns 4 kanals 15 Marlas of land at Lolpora Tangmarg besides being allegedly in possession of movable property like bank balance, jewellery, bank lockers, cash, and electronic goods worth lakh of rupees. Of several cases against LAWDA, three are against this DySP who is presently presently posted as DySP in JKAP 13th Bn. Humhama.

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