Former MD SFC

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Srinagar, Jun 7: Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has registered a case against Aijaz Ahmad, former Managing Director, State Forest Corporation (SFC) and others for misuse of official position, conferring undue benefit to proxy contractors. Spokesperson of the SVO said an FIR was registered by SVO on a reference from the government to enquire into alleged irregularities committed by the management of SFC in allotment of contracts for extraction and transportation of timber on ''Amani'' basis in SFC division 7-B Baramulla.

He said the verification carried out by SVO revealed that in April-May, 2007, Ajaz Ahmad, under a well-knit conspired plan in league with other officials and contractors, fraudulently and after manipulating the records illegally, got approval for allotment of extraction and transportation of 2.79 cubic feet (standing timber) to proxy contractors of Mohammad Yousuf Wani of Shopian, a blacklisted contractor.

The allotment was made to seven relatives and associates (three registered and four unregistered) of Mohammad Yousuf Wani, including his three sons, through a pick and choose method despite a number of other registered poor and petty contractors falling in ''Amani'' category, the spokesman said.

The accused while abusing his official position was found to have dishonestly entertained applications of three contractors who did not even possess the registration certificates, which was a pre-requisite for allotment of such works.

He said the conspiracy to confer illegal benefit according to the enquiries, started when amendments were made in the 59th meeting of Board of Directors of SFC vide on April 6, 2007 which the domicile restriction for choosing 'Amani' from around the forest area to be extracted was waived off and the quota of allocation to each 'Amani' was increased from 20,000 cubic feet to 40,000 cubic feet.

The amendments made at the instance of Ahmad were subsequently misused by him to confer undue benefit upon Mohammad Yousuf Wani by allotting extraction and transportation of timber to the proxies of said contractor thereby defeating the purpose of the government policy to reserve 33 per cent extraction and transportation of timber to benefit petty and poor, contractors living in the vicinity of the forest area.

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