25 thousand crore light land scam in J&K, names of many former ministers and businessmen surfaced

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Highlights:

  • Land scam of 25 thousand crores in the name of Roshni Act in Jammu and Kashmir
  • CBI probe reveals names of many former ministers, businessmen and officers
  • Accused scam the land of the poor in the name of themselves and relatives

Govind Chauhan, Jammu
The names of several prominent leaders, officers and businessmen have come to light during the CBI investigation into the Roshni Bhoomi scam involved in the biggest scams in Jammu and Kashmir. Former finance minister Haseeb Drabu, former home minister Sajjad Kichlu, former ministers Abdul Majeed Wani and Aslam Gony, National Congress leader Saeed Akhoon and former bank chairman MY Khan are prominent. They are accused that they have got land in the name of their or relatives, taking advantage of Roshni Act. CBI sources say that the case is still being investigated. There is a scam of about 25 thousand crores in the name of Roshni Act.

According to the information, the CBI is investigating the Roshni Act scam on the orders of the High Court. During the investigation, the government land in Samba district was first vacated, which was taken under this act. The CBI is investigating which people have benefited from this scheme when the government of Farooq Abdullah implemented it in 2001. During the investigation, it was found that many former ministers of the government have scammed taking advantage of this act. At the top of this, the name is Haseeb Drabu. He has been the Finance Minister in the PDP government. He got a Canaan land named after him. He has also written land in the name of wife and relatives.

Former Home Minister Sajjad Kichlu

After this, ten kanals of land have come out in the name of Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya, a renowned hotel merchant of Kashmir. Similarly, former IAS officer Mohammad Shafi Pandit has taken land in his and wife’s name. National Conference leader Saeed Aakhun, former bank chairman MY Khan, former home minister Sajjad Kichloo, former ministers Abdul Majeed Wani and Aslam Goni are also among the accused. In this scam, the state government has been looted with crores of rupees. Construction has also been done in many places.

Former Minister Abdul Majeed Wani

Former Minister Abdul Majeed Wani

What is Roshni Act land scam
In 2001, the then Farooq Abdullah government implemented this act in Jammu and Kashmir. Under this scheme, encroachments since 1990 were set off under the ambit of this Act. The government said that its direct benefit will be given to those farmers who have been farming on government land for many years. But the leaders started to seize the land. In 2005, the then Mufti government gave an exemption in the 2004 cut-off. After that Ghulam Nabi Azad also limited the cut of the year to 2007.

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