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To hide past 'scams', GAD Babu transfers close aide to Budgam
11/2/2016 11:04:54 PM
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SRINAGAR, Nov 2: In a bid to hush up a multi crore scams dating back to his previous posting in Budgam, a senior official in the General Administration Department has transferred his close aide to a key position in the central Kashmir district.
Official sources said on October 27, the last working day of Civil Secretariat here, at the eleventh hour the senior official posted in the GAD found it opportune to make some transfers in the Revenue Department to allegedly benefit some of his favourite juniors.
They said while some of the transfers were already sought by the Revenue Minister, the official ended up adding some of his favourites to the list, hoping that the issue of additional transfers would be "forgotten" by the time offices reopen in the winter capital on November 9.
And in doing so, the official posted his close aide as an Assistant Commissioner in Budgam. Sources said their "symbiotic friendship" dates back to a few years back when the duo was posted in Budgam. "That time he was a DC and the other one was Tehsildar. Both of them have been accused of several scams including fudging in land records to favour land mafia and in the issuance of controversial licenses to the run brick kilns," said a senior official in the divisional administration.
Officials said over 200 brick kilns are operational in the central Kashmir district while most of the licenses were granted despite public resistance when the duo was posted in Budgam. "There are also many land scams, which took place during their tenure there," said an official in the police department asking not to be named.
He said given the complaints of scams, the government was planning to get the complaints probed through the Vigilance Organization Kashmir.
"This fear of probe had unnerved the official (presently posted in GAD) and he wanted to transfer his close aide to Budgam's Revenue wing again so that he can make necessary changes in the documents, something which couldn't be done during their previous posting in the area when they were suddenly transferred from there," said an official in know of the matter.
Sources said the official presently posted in the GAD also wants to revive his "monetary connections in Budgam through this close aide as both enjoy their old contacts, which can give fruit again." "Everyone knows they have been having symbiotic stakes in Budgam, it's only a matter of calling probe which will expose the muck," police officials said.
Police believe that it is high time for the government to not only revoke the transfer order but to order an inquiry into scams in Budgam so that the black sheep in the administration are exposed.
Sources said the Revenue Minister got to know the transfer having been done without his consent, and was initially annoyed. "But he (GAD official) has recently requested the minister not to revoke the order as he was willing to meet his demands if any," said a senior official in the Civil Secretariat.
Officials said now it needs to be seen how the minister concerned react formally once durbar offices reopens in Jammu. "Let's wait and watch."
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