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Land grab at Srinagar’s Badami Bagh Cantt, CBI books 2 ex-CEOs

NEW DELHI: The CBI has registered a case in opposition to two former CEOs of Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar and some personal persons for grabbing defence land - within the form of two motels and a mill - value a number of crores.

Badami Bagh Cantonment is probably the most essential military establishment within the Kashmir Valley and is also the headquarters of 15 Corps of Indian Army, popularly known as Chinar Corps.

The company had introduced a initial enquiry final 12 months on supply information in opposition to Tariq Ahmad Khanday (junior engineer) of Badami Bagh Cantonment Srinagar, and unknown officials of defence estates place of business to look into issuance of license/permission of construction on defence land to the personal persons.

It was found that one Hotel Solomon, situated inside Cantonment Board space, Sonwar; an unnamed resort belonging to 1 Tariq Ahmad Wani close to executive Cantonment GP Pant kids health center, Sonwar; and Tramboo Joinery Mills, Sonwar were running for a number of years.

BB Cantt has been within the crosshairs of terrorist groups as it has primary formations, offices of commanders and operations/communication centre, in step with officials. In truth, the 15 Corps headquarters inside BB Cantt was the target of a suicide car bombing in 1999.

Hotel Solomon was given on lease via defence authority to 1 Indraj Sharma for a duration of 20 years from 1954 to 1974.

Sharma additional leased out it to 1 Abdul Majid Bakshi in 1960. The fully furnished resort in 11 Kanals space is value a number of crores and is at this time run via Muneer Ahmad Bakshi while its lease stands expired.

There is no permission from the defence authority to run this resort however it is taking guests on regular foundation while defence government aren't being paid anything else.

Similarly, Wani's resort is situated on B-3 defence land, around 16 Marla space at the National Highway at Sonwar, however it is being run illegally. It was firstly given to Durganag Trust through its president P N Takoo, however that lease expired lengthy again. The junior engineer Traiq Ahmad Khanday, allowed Wani to run the resort.

About the Tramboo Joinery Mills, situated on 11 Marla defence land close to nationwide highway, CBI says it was additionally given to Durganag Trust which has already expired.

It became out that CEOs - B Okay Koul and Ajay Kumar Choudhary - of Badami Bagh Cantonment, didn't take any motion in opposition to Muzzafar Rashid Wani, who was running the mill at this time.

CBI says, "The concerned JE and CEOS submitted false report being fully aware about status of land and facilitated the accused private persons to obtain permission from the board on the defence land by putting the status of land as private land in Tramboo Joinery Mills."

"The ministry of defence not getting any returns from these three properties after expiry of the lease deed. The illegal occupants are earning huge income by way of rent from these unauthorised hotels/stay homes in connivance with Khanday and other officials," mentioned CBI.

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