SKIMS Acquire Same Land Twice! Rs 64 Lakh Embezzled, SVC Lodges FIR

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

The State Vigilance Commission Thursday while expressing serious concern over mala-fide and irresponsible actions of officers/officials of Revenue Department, SKIMS Authorities and others resulting in payment of double compensation by the Government in land acquisition for prestigious SK Institute of Medical Sciences Soura, Srinagar, has ordered for registration of FIR against all those involved in the fraudulent deal.

“Earlier, on a complaint lodged by the Estate Officer SKIMS with the Commission against successors/legal heirs of late Malla Sultan R/O Bohlichipora, Soura, Srinagar, who had fraudulently and dishonestly obtained compensation twice for same portion of land bearing Khasra No 435 min at Zoonimer, Srinagar, in the years 1982 and 2013, through District Collector Srinagar, thereby inflicting huge loss of `64.88 lakhs to the State Exchequer, the State Vigilance Commission ordered enquiry and action taken report from the Dy Commissioner, Srinagar,” a statement issued by SVC said this evening.

“Scrutiny of the report and connected documents submitted before the Commission, prima-facie disclosed mala-fide intention and conspiracy between successors of Malla Sultan, Revenue officials of the area and SKIMS Authorities revealed concealing of the fact that the land in question had earlier been acquired and compensation paid thereof in the year 1982 to Malla Sultan. The report further revealed that over a period of time the acquired land was encroached upon by the party who was already paid compensation. The then Director SKIMS vide his No. SKIMS/land/2007-2148 dated 25-12-2007, requested the Dy. Commissioner Srinagar for acquisition of same land which was in occupation of encroachers but, already acquired by SKIMS in 1982. The Revenue Authorities processed the case and after settling compensation through private negotiation at ` 64,88,360/- paid the amount to the private parties,” the statement said. “The State Vigilance Commission has observed that the omissions and commissions on part of the Officers/Officials of SKIMS and Revenue Department in conspiracy with the beneficiaries resulting in huge loss to the Government, needs to be investigated and has accordingly directed Director of Vigilance to register a formal case in the matter for thorough investigation, so that the officers/officials found involved in the scam are brought to book.”

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