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JAMMU: Names of former PDP MLC, former Congress MLA and two sons of Ex Chairman of Legislative Council Amrit Malhotra, who was close aide of senior congress leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz, have surfaced in the list of beneficiaries of annulled Roshni Act.According to official record, Nizamuddin Khatana, former MLC and a leader of PDP has encroached over 8 Kanal land at Sunjwan while Sanjeev Sharma, son of former Congress MLA Prakash Chand is beneficiary of three kanals land at Nandani in Jammu District.Bikram Malhotra and Aditya Malhotra, both sons of Ex Chairman of Legislative Council Amrit Malhotra, who was close aide of Saifuddin Soz, are also the beneficiaries of Roshni Act. Bikram got 17 kanals 5 Marla land at Palth while his brother Aditya got 17 kanal 6 marlas at Palth in District Samba.Besides this, another beneficiary Sehdev Singh, son of Kanwal Singh (farmer) sold 20 kanal Roshni land at Birpur in Samba District to Sahil Mahajan, son of Sneh Mahajan (businessman), resident of Gandhi Nagar.Sajad Choudhary, son of Majid Choudhary, resident of Jammu is beneficiary of 20 kanals land while Mohd Majeed, son of Baldin is beneficiary of 17 kanals land at Panjgrain in District Jammu.National Garage through S L Gulati, resident of Jammu is beneficiary of 3 kanals 9 marla land.Here it is relevant to mention that the Jammu and Kashmir administration has disclosed the details of government land in Jammu and Kashmir that has been allegedly encroached.The list also includes the details of property owned by PDP leader Talib Choudhary, who is alleged to have encroached on 0.25 acre of government land in Channi Rama village of Bahu Teshil in Jammu district.The list published earlier, following a J&K High Court order, had mentioned the Jammu residence of former J&K Chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, as having encroached on forest land owned by the government.The J&K High Court, in an order on October 9 had directed that details of ‘State land in unauthorised occupation’ shall be disclosed on the government’s website, along with the names of the beneficiaries under the Roshni Act that was scrapped by the High Court. The beneficiaries under the Act included former State ministers, retired civil servants and politicians.The People’s Democratic Party office is located on the illegally occupied three kanals of land in Jammu’s Sunjwan area, according to a list released by the J&K administration and published in STATE TIMES.Similarly, the NC offices both in Jammu as well as in Srinagar are allegedly on encroached land as per the details of lists of Jammu and Srinagar, mentioning the beneficiaries of land under the ‘Illegal, unconstitutional’ and now-scrapped Roshni Act.Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu issued a list of beneficiaries who had encroached upon the land physically but didn’t show it in the revenue records. This included the PDP office in Jammu, Inspector General (retired) Nisar Ali, retired SSP Mirza Rasheed, PDP leader Talib Choudhary and others.“Names of various politicians of the state have appeared in that list,” the J&K govt said, naming various Congress, NC and PDP leaders including Haseeb Drabu, Majid Wani and Sajjad Kichloo.
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