Gulmarg land scam: Baseer Khan arrested, bailed

KL Report

SRINAGAR

State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) on Monday arrested senior IAS officer,  Baseer Ahmad Khan, in connection with the Gulmarg land scam case.

 Khan is facing charges of misusing his official position for illegal transfer of government land in Gulmarg worth crores of rupees when he was posted as Deputy Commissioner Baramulla in 2009.

Sources said that present Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, Baseer Ahmad Khan reported at police station, Vigilance, where he was arrested.

Khan was produced before the court of Special Judge, Anti-corruption, and the court released him on bail.

SVO had earlier received sanction from the Centre for prosecution of Khan.

Khan was Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar till March, this year.

He was removed on the orders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court which is hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Gulmarg land scam case.

Five other accused officers, who have retired from service, have already been charge sheeted in the case. Among the accused is then Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Mehboob Iqbal, who has since joined PDP.

The SVO had registered a case against senior officials of the government in 2009 for allegedly misusing official position for illegal transfer of government land in Gulmarg worth crores of rupees by misusing provisions of the J&K State Roshni Act.

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