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ACB registers FIR against SMC officials for assisting in violating construction norms at Rajbagh Searches conducted at various locations

ACB registers FIR against SMC officials for assisting in violating construction norms at Rajbagh  Searches conducted at various locations
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>>> Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a FIR against the officers/officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation into the allegations of illegal construction of Abdullah Shopping Plaza at Kursoo Rajbagh, Srinagar.

Officials from ACB told news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that a Joint Surprise Check (JSC) was conducted by ACB Police Station Srinagar, to look into the allegations of illegal construction of Abdullah Shopping Plaza at Kursoo Rajbagh, Srinagar.

During JSC it surfaced that vide No. 2926 of 2018 dated 05-08-2018 building permission was issued by Srinagar Municipal Corporation in favour of Mohammad Abdullah Dar son of Abdul Kabir Dar resident of Rajbagh for extension of already existing three storey house after dismantling the existing single storey shops adjacent to the house for the plinth area of 560 Sft. and remitted height of 36 ft.

The JSC conducted has revealed that Mohammad Abdullah Dar under the grab of said order No. 2926 of 2018, in its utter violation, constructed a four-storied commercial complex after dismantling the single storey shops.

“He constructed the structure separate from the existing residential house. The concerned SMC officials who were duty-bound to check and report the construction which was illegal from its very onset”, said the officials.

“These officials did not stop the construction nor took action under the legal provisions. The SMC official instead provided amply opportunity to the beneficiary for completion of four-storeyed commercial structure and intentionally delayed issuance of demolition notice which was served only after completion of structure i.e after a gap of 14 months from commencement of illegal construction” added the ACB officials.

The officials further said that the officers/ officials of SMC in lieu of pecuniary benefits, under a well-knit conspiracy with the beneficiary, by abuse of their official positions, allowed illegal construction of commercial structure with plinth area on the ground floor of 1672 Sft, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor of 1700 Sft with a vertical height of 44.06 Sft and with no setbacks on North. South & West at Kursoo Raibagh and themselves.

ACB officials further stated that accordingly, a case under FIR N0.11/2020 U/S 5 (1) (d), r/w 5(2) of PC Act-2006 Svt. and 120 RPC was registered against the officers/officials of SMC was registered on 27-08-2020, and in compliance to a court order dated 29-08-2020, searches were conducted in residential houses of accused persons, namely, Mehrajdin Bhuja, Ward Officer, at Bemina, Nisar Ahmad Rah, Building Inspector, at Nawab Bazar, Bashir Ahmad Shah, Enforcement Officer, at Peer Bagh areas of Srinagar and Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Building Inspector, at Doru Anantnag and incriminating material/documents, has been recovered.

“The investigation of the case is going on,’ concluded the officials.

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