STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Referring to the ACB probe ordered into Roshini scam by J&K Governor, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh on Tuesday expressed the hope that it would be taken to a logical conclusion without being scuttled midway like the earlier enquiries, which have failed to catch even a single big fish involved in such land scams of gargantuan proportions in the State. Questioning fate of earlier probes held into Roshini scam in the past by the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO), Singh regretted that these died their premature deaths with not even a single politician or other big land-sharks having been booked despite they being the major beneficiaries under the controversial Roshini scheme. Pointing towards 2014 report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Singh said that huge irregularities had been pointed out in the said document indicating gigantic frauds worth crores. He said that as against the targeted collection of Rs 25,000 crore from illegal occupants of State lands for vesting ownership rights upon them, the Revenue Deptt had realised a meager sum of Rs 78 crore which had stirred a hornets’ nest in the State with successive State Governments assuring remedial action, which however remained elusive. He regretted that even the CAG report which pointed out severe defects, irregularities and large scale violations in the process of allotments of lands in favour of influential politicians, bureaucrats and other land mafia was downplayed and wantonly consigned into the oblivion to favour these powerful people. He said that the conferment of ownership rights upon commercial lands to illegal occupants for peanuts, allotments on fake documents and under-valuation of various categories of lands besides fudging of records for conferring benefits upon land-mafia were the general complaints lodged during the relevant times and which had found a reflection in the reports of audit agencies as well. Describing Roshini scam as the biggest ever land scam in the history of the State, Singh appealed to the Governor to ensure monitoring of the probe through a retired Judge of Supreme Court so that fair and unbiased results could become available in a time bound manner. He expressed hope that it would also not meet the same fate as Reliance Insurance scam, Dul Hasti Power Hydro Power Project scam, J&K Bank recruitments scam, Forest scam etc which though were highlighted with great fanfare, but eventually ended in smoke.
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