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PoK land on rent by Indian Army? CBI smells a rat

By Vicky

The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing a scam in which officials have drawn money out of the exchequer to pay rent to land located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Rent was being drawn out from the exchequer and through forged documents it is being shown as rent was paid by army personnel.

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CBI sources say that they are probing to find out who exactly the rent was being paid to. It was made to appear as though the rent was paid towards army land, but investigations have shown that the land in question belongs to an individual.

PoK land on rent:

Documents registered in 1970 show that the land in question is under the occupation by one Maqbooza in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The land documents are numbered as 3000, 3035, 3041 and 3045 and measures 122 kanals (61714.6 square meters) and 18 marlas (455.2 square meters). This is clearly not defence land and neither has the army rented it out.

However, it was noticed that rent was bring drawn out since 2000 and paid as though it was being transacted by army personnel. Forged documents prepared by an officer show that the land was occupied by army officials towards which the rent was being paid.

While the CBI has managed to ascertain the culprits behind this scam, the agency is probing if there this land does really have an owner. We are unable to tell if the land really exists or not. If there is such land, then we are probing to find out if the owner as shown in the document is real or fake, CBI officials also informed.

Investigations have revealed that some officers from Rajouri and Patwari Nowshera areas had entered into a conspiracy in 2000. They had prepared forged documents and were drawing rent from the exchequer on the pretext of paying it for army land, the probe further revealed. The land shown by the officers is in PoK and this is what set the doubt in the first place, CBI officials add.

The CBI has also learnt that there was a board meeting in 2000 which was also attended by one Army officer. During this meeting it was declared that the land in question was under the occupation of the defence forces. It was on the basis of this declaration that the rent was released from the exchequer, CBI sources informed.

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