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Srinagar: The CBI on Saturday carried out searches at around 40 locations in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in the issuance of thousands of arms licences to non-residents on forged documents, officials here said. The searches were carried out in Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi at the official & residential premises of the then public servants (incl IAS Officers), around 20 gun houses etc in an ongoing probe of a case related to Arms licence racket.Also Read - Income Tax Department Finds ₹ 300 Crore Black Money After Raids at Hyderabad Company
Reports said that CBI also raided the official residence of IAS officer, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary in Srinagar in addition to the office/factory of a gun manufacturer in Rainawari area of the city.
The agency is yet to share details about the searches but confirmed that the exercise was being conducted in connection with a case registered in 2019 on the allegations that between 2012 and 2016, the deputy commissioners of various Jammu and Kashmir districts had fraudulently and illegally issued bulk arms licences in lieu of monetary consideration.
Further details are awaited.
The CBI had in December 2019 carried out searches at over a dozen locations in Srinagar, Jammu, Gurgaon and Noida on the premises of the then district collectors and magistrates of Kupwara, Baramulla, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Shopian, Rajouri, Doda, Pulwama, and several other places.
CBI searches at around 40 locations, incl Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi at the official & residential premises of the then public servants (incl IAS Officers), around 20 gun houses etc in an ongoing probe of a case related to Arms licence racket.
— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
The searches were carried out in connection with a probe into two cases pertaining to the alleged issuance of around two lakh arms licences from different districts of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir by their collectors and magistrates. It is alleged that arms licences were issued in lieu of illegal gratification.
It is alleged that then public servants in cahoots with other accused issued arms licences to non-residents of state in violation of rules and received illegal gratification.
The Rajasthan ATS had unearthed the scandal in 2017 and had arrested over 50 people for their alleged involvement in the illegal issuance of arms licences. According to the ATS, over 3,000 permits were granted allegedly in the name of Army personnel.
Based on ATS findings, then Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra had handed over the matter to the CBI.
(With PTI inputs)
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Published Date: July 24, 2021 12: 42 PM IST
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