Rajouri Development Authority Scam Court issues notices to authorities

Rajouri Development Authority Scam Court issues notices to authorities

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Jammu, Sep 15, CNS:  A Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal issued notices to Commissioner/Secretary GAD, Director State Vigilance Organization, Sheikh Owais Ahmed (IPS) Former Director Vigilance, AIG (Hqrs) SVO and SSP (PR) in a PIL filed by Social Activist Prof. S.K. Bhalla alleging hushing up of Rajouri Development Authority Scam.

After hearing Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocate Rahul Raina appearing for the petitioner, the Division Bench in the open court issued notices to the state functionaries which were accepted by AAG Ehsan Mirza vice AAG P.C. Sharma for SVO and Advocate Ahtsham Bhat accepted notice on behalf of Commissioner/ Secretary GAD.

Advocate S.S. Ahmed submitted that on March, 26, 2015 the then Director Vigilance Sheikh Owais Ahmed had approved registration of formal case against the suspect public servants for indepth investigation and also issued directions to the SSP (PR) to furnish draft FIR to the central office. However the Director Vigilance on June, 10, 2015 wrote a communication to the Commissioner/ Secretary GAD after taking a u-turn whereby the GAD was asked to issue directions to the concerned Department to follow codal procedure strictly while executing the works and remain careful in future.

Advocate Ahmed further submitted that an established case of loss to state exchequer/corruption in which earlier approval for registration of FIR was given was subsequently recommended to GAD for just a warning to the suspect public servants is required to be reopened and the whole scam needs to be unearthed under the monitoring of this Court.

In the PIL it has been alleged that the prime suspect in the scam is Mohammad Javed Khan (IAS) the then Chief Executive Officer Rajouri Development Authority and the petitioner has prayed for the quashment of communication No.VO-Veri-PR-31/2009-8497-98 dated June, 10, 2015 to the extent the SVO converted an FIR into censure just to shield the accused involved in bunglings/abuse of official position while performing their duties in Rajouri Development Authority. (CNS)