Revenue officials cheated army into paying rent in PoK
It has been alleged that the Indian army was made to pay rent in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. India’s Minister of Defence Arun Jaitley briefed Rajya Sabha of this saying that 9 cases such as this have come into light during the probe by the CBI and the State Vigilance Organisation.
He said, “There are all together 9 reported cases relating to alleged payment of rent for land in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Out of these cases, the State Vigilance Organisation has filed FIR in one case and CBI has filed FIR in two cases.”
The Central Bureau of Investigation and the State Vigilance Organisation are investigating this matter very thoroughly. Of the nine cases, FIRs have been filed against 4.
The probe revealed that a total of 265 Karnals or 3 acres, and one Marla or 25 square metres of land in the Khamba village of the Rajour district were under this use since April 1, 1972. Until March 2003 these lands kept receiving rents.
Another surprising discovery is that it was the state officials that manipulated these lands by creating fake documents which stated that these lands were under the control of India, though they belonged to Pakistan or probably no one.
The second case is pending in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. One of the suspects showed up when the CBI had filed an FIR in January. According to the details provided the land involved in this case measures upto 122 Karnals and 18 Marlas.
All the lands involved are in the villages of Sarya and Khamba, both are situated in the Rajouri district.
Another case involves land that occupies 258 Karnals and 13 Marlas. This land too is situated in the Rajouri district. The CBI has alredy filed an FIR against this.