The illegal sale of 200 acres defence land in Kashmir saw Srinagar’s defence estate office and revenue department came under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scrutiny on Friday. The CBI, as part of its multiple raids in north India, sieved through the documents of directorate general of the defence estates and the local revenue records in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
A residence of a defence official was also raided.
It could not be confirmed if any record relevant to the scam was seized from the locations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ajay Chowdhary, a 1997-batch defence estates official who served in Srinagar, has been named by the CBI in the land scam.
The CBI sleuths visited different offices and a residence to gather papers signed and passed while issuing more than 70 no-objection certificates (NOC) to prepare ground for the sale of Rs 1500 crore land to private people in the past four years.
The army owned 2,700 acres of land, which crosses two districts of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district and south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The defence land is strategic with an airstrip. Most of the land has been bought by private owners, mainly influential locals.
Last year, defence minister AK Antony in Parliament announced that enquiry was on in the scam.
The CBI has already registered a case against defence ministry officials and others.