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CBI books in Roshni scam case 17

Authorities allegedly extended ownership rights to ineligible persons in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

The Central Bureau of Investigation has booked 17 persons, including senior revenue department officials, in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, to extend the ownership rights of disqualified persons under the now repealed Illumination Act.

Those named in the FIR are the then Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Mehboob Iqbal; District Collector Nasir Khan; Farooq Ahmed Lone, Chief Executive Officer of Gulmarg Development Authority; Additional Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah; Assistant Commissioner Rafiq Ahmed; Samad Hafiz, then joint director of the tourism department; And Tehsildar Garib Singh.

It is alleged that the authorities conspired with the ineligible applicants to give ownership of land in Gulmarg Estate without following proper procedures. Some of them were adjusted after the application submission deadline.

On the instruction of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the CBI has registered several cases under the Act with regard to irregular grant of government and owners of forest land parcels to illegal occupiers. This scam is of 25,000 crores. Allegations of heavy losses to the state exchequer were first investigated by the then vigilance department. Subsequently, cases were registered by the local police.

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