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CBI starts probe into Srinagar Cantonment land grab case

The CBI has registered a case of alleged encroachment of defence land worth crores of rupees by hotel owners in the sensitive Badami Bagh cantonment area in Srinagar, officials said on Saturday.

The agency has booked former officers of the cantonment board and others. The agency had registered a preliminary inquiry in the case on November 27, 2018 which revealed that officials of the cantonment board allegedly facilitated private parties to grab defence land.

“The inquiry established that few private establishments were standing on defence land. Their lease deed had expired and further lease deed was executed without permission of defence authorities, which was illegal and unauthorized,” officials added. 

“The concerned officials submitted false report being fully aware about the status of land and facilitated the accused private persons to obtain permission from the board on the defence land,” the CBI alleged.

The FIR accused the officials of entering into criminal conspiracy to facilitate illegal occupants, causing huge loss to the defence ministry.

The value of the said land is in crores as it is on the highway at Sonwar area in Srinagar which is very posh and a secure location in Srinagar, the FIR states. 

After the expiry of the lease deed, nothing was paid to the defence authority by the illegal occupants and the officials concerned. The lease was also not extended by the officials, causing a huge loss to the defence ministry, the FIR adds.

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