3 for­mer CEOs of Pat­ni­top au­thor­ity among 72 booked for en­croach­ment

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NEWDELHI:The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) has filed a case against 74 peo­ple, in­clud­ing three for­mer CEOs of Pat­ni­top De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (PDA), in con­nec­tion with al­leged il­le­gal con­struc­tions and en­croach­ment of land in Jammu & Kash­mir’s re­sort town of Pat­ni­top, of­fi­cials aware of the mat­ter said. At least 62 own­ers, part­ners of var­i­ous ho­tels, re­sorts, guest houses and cot­tages in Pat­ni­top have also been booked.

Res­i­dences and of­fices of the three, K K Gupta, MA Ma­lik, and SM Sahni, were among the premises the CBI raided at 11 lo­ca­tions on Tues­day in Jammu, Ud­ham­pur, Kathua.CBI reg­is­tered the case on Au­gust 1 on the ba­sis of a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry launched in Jan­uary this year on the di­rec­tions of J&K high court to in­ves­ti­gate the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

It has also named five public ser­vants, Rakesh Kumar Saran­gal, Ra­man Kumar Ke­sar, Ra­jen­dra Singh, Avish Jas­ro­tia, and Za­heer Ab­bas, as ac­cused. HT could not lo­cate any of the ac­cused for a com­ment.

CBI spokesman R K Gaur said many con­struc­tions were al­legedly car­ried with­out PDA’s per­mis­sion. “It was al­leged that of­fi­cials did not take ac­tion de­spite be­ing aware of such en­croach­ment. In some cases, no com­pound­ing fee was al­legedly de­posited by the ho­tels.” Out of 59 ho­tels, guest houses and re­sorts un­der probe, only 21 were reg­is­tered with the de­part­ment. But their pe­riod for reg­is­tra­tion has ex­pired and they were be­ing il­le­gally run. “There are eight ho­tels/guest houses/re­sorts who have not been is­sued reg­is­tra­tion that are be­ing run il­le­gally.”

CBI REG­IS­TERED THE CASE ON THE BA­SIS OF A PRE­LIM­I­NARY IN­QUIRY ON THE DI­REC­TIONS OF J&K HC TO IN­VES­TI­GATE THE IR­REG­U­LAR­I­TIES

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