Roshni Land scam: CBI books J&K Congress leader Taj Mohiuddin
- So far, 9 cases have been filed in connection with the scam
- The quantum of the scam has been pegged at Rs 25,000 crore
- In 2018, the then J&K governor Satya Pal Malik repealed the Roshni act
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked former Jammu and Kashmir minister and Congress leader Taj Mohiuddin in connection with alleged multi-crore Roshni land scam, reported ANI.
Along with Mohiuddin, CBI has also booked Mohammaed Ramzan Thakur, former Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Mohammed Yousuf Zargar, the then Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hafizullah Shah, the then Assistant Commissioner Revenue and Ghulam Hassan Rather, the then Tehsildar.
"The CBI received a complaint from the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory which is now part of the FIR", the agency said.
So far, nine cases have been registered in connection to the scam.
Mohiddin has filed his nomination papers for the DDC elections in the state recently.
Investigation so far has revealed major irregularities in the process of land dealings under the Roshni Act. According to reports in the media, hundreds of acres of forest and state land was illegally transferred to influential politicians, businessmen, bureaucrats and judicial functionaries, with the quantum of the scam pegged at Rs 25,000 crore.
In 2018, the then J&K governor Satya Pal Malik repealed the act.
Earlier this month, the J&K government annulled all land dealing under the Act. It also asked the principle secretary (revenue) to retrieve all such land and remove encroachments within six months.