Among those whose residences are being investigated are former IAS officers and senior officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS). The then DC of Kupwara Rajiv Ranjan, an IAS officer of the 2010 batch, is one such individual in the list. So is the then DM of Baramulla and Udhampur Yasha Mudgil, who is an IAS officer of the 2007 batch. Besides Ranjan and Mudgil, the residences of six other JKAS civil service officials across Kupwara, Baramulla, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Shopian, Rajouri, Doda, and Pulwama are also being investigated by the CBI. They include Itrat Hussian, the then DM of Kupwara; Salim Mohammed, the then DM of Kishtwar; Mohammed Javed Khan, the then DM of Kishtwar and Shopian; FC Bhagat, the then DM of Rajouri; Farooq Ahmed Khan, the then DM of Dooda, and Jehangir Ahmed Mir, the then DM of Pulwama.
Issuing arms licenses to non-residents of J&K is in violation of rules, it was said. The CBI also suspects that these former public servants received illegal gratification in return for them ensuring the licenses get issued.
According to reports, the case was handed to the CBI on the recommendation of the Deputy General of Police (DGP) of Rajasthan after the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of the state busted a terror racket and subsequent investigations conducted by the sleuths pointed to the possible issuance of as many as 4.29 lakh arms licenses by the then civil service officials in the insurgency-hit J&K.
Further details are awaited.
Courtesy : DNA