Inquiry against J&K minister for green belt ‘encroachment’

Ramzan had allegedly encroached on a green belt and a portion of the road to construct a palatial bungalow.

Written by Express News Service | Jammu | Published:January 1, 2014 10:02 pm

The Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission — set up to probe charges of corruption against ruling politicians — on Tuesday ordered a regular inquiry against Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution,Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan.

Ramzan had allegedly encroached on a green belt and a portion of the road to construct a palatial bungalow which was in violation of the design approved by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation.

The commission,including Chairperson Justice U P Nargotra and Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain,noted that the minister had not rebutted the allegations that he encroached upon colony land and a portion of the road despite being issued a notice. They held that his continuous absence and failure to file a response,prima facie raises the presumption that the complaint against him is correct. While ordering that a complaint be registered against Ramzan,the commission also issued him a notice asking him to appear before it and file a defence statement within six weeks.

The allegation was leveled by housing society,Friends Enclave Consumer cum Welfare Cooperative Humhama Heights,Srinagar,through Dr G N Yatoo and accused the minister of violating the design approved by Srinagar Municipal Corporation.

Ramzan is the second minister in Omar Abdullah’s Cabinet to face a regular inquiry by State Accountability Commission. In May,it had ordered an inquiry against Deputy CM Tara Chand for making illegal appointments in urban local bodies department,which was earlier headed by him.

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