Army made to pay rent for PoK land: Arun Jaitley

The State Vigilance Organisation has filed FIR in one case and CBI has filed FIR in two other cases, said Arun Jaitley

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2017 7:31 pm
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The army was allegedly cheated by revenue officials into paying rent for land parcels which were in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told the house that nine such instances have come to light and investigation is on.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said the CBI has already filed FIRs in two cases, while the State Vigilance Organisation registered an FIR in another. He said remaining cases are under confidential verification by the CBI.

“There are all together 9 reported cases relating to alleged payment of rent for land in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Out of these cases, the State Vigilance Organisation has filed FIR in one case and CBI has filed FIR in two cases,” he said.

As per details placed by the defence minister, a total of 265 Karnals and one Marla (local measurements) of land in village Khamba in Rajouri district is “under occupation” since April 1, 1972 and rental has been paid upto march 2003.

The state vigilance in its probe has found that documents were forged by the state revenue officials to show it was in India’s possession though it was either under occupation of Pakistan or located in no man’s land.

According to the details provided by Jaitley, the second case involves a plot of land measuring 122 Karnals and 18 Marlas, also in Khamba village. The case is pending in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court after one of the suspects approached it in the wake of the CBI registering an FIR in January.

The CBI has also filed an FIR in another alleged cheating case involving a plot of 258 Karnals and 13 Marlas. This piece of land is also in Khamba village in Rajouri district.

In three other cases too, the land in question was in Khamba village, while two others were in Sarya village in Nowshera, also in Rajouri district.

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    Umesh Suri
    Apr 11, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    What a joke? Since April 1972 wasted tax payer money for 65 years.
    1. C
      Apr 11, 2017 at 10:09 pm
      Most unfortunate how the revenue guys cheated the other. It is also pertinent there should be a coordinated effort in lodging FIRs other wise there is a danger to the case falling through technicalities and the culprits escaping the law. Jaihind
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        Rajveer Singh
        Apr 12, 2017 at 12:23 am
        This is Indian DNA to do such acts
        1. A
          Apr 12, 2017 at 6:01 am
          Hey Rajveer babu, Chinese do it, Americans do it as do Europeans and the rest. Cheating that is. the only difference is: Indians are the only ones doing self flagellation.
      2. Yogesh Sharma
        Apr 11, 2017 at 8:59 pm
        This is a very serious matter. Corrupt revenue officers must be booked and arrested for the fraud without delay.