Central Bureau of Investigation. (File Photo)
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the fake gun license racket, conducted searches at around 41 places in Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. It includes the premises of two serving IAS officers. The raids were conducted at the premises of serving IAS officers M Raju and Prasanna Ramaswamy and retired IAS officers Sajab Ahmed Khan and Baseer Ahmed Khan, former advisors to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
The raids were also conducted on the premises of several serving and retired officers of Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS), who were the then district magistrates of Poonch, Kulgam and Anantnag districts, an official said. According to the CBI, raids were conducted at official and residential premises of around 14 people in Srinagar, Anantnag, Banihal, Baramulla, Jammu, Doda, Rajouri, Kishtwar (Jammu and Kashmir), Leh, Delhi and Bhind (Madhya Pradesh). There are then District Magistrate (DM) (IAS/KAS), DIO, Clerk, etc.
Many documents recovered by CBI
During the search, documents related to issuance of arms license, list of beneficiaries, investment in Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDR) and other sale proceeds, property documents, bank account details, locker keys, diary containing objectionable details, etc. were recovered. Along with this some cash including electronic gadgets (mobile phones) and old currency were also recovered.
Non-entitled persons were given arms license
The CBI had registered two cases at the request of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and on further notification from the Government of India and took over the investigation of two FIRs in the year 2018 on allegations of wholesale issuance of arms licenses in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir. . It was alleged that over 2.78 lakh arms licenses were issued to non-entitled persons. The CBI also collected documents related to the issuance of armed licenses allegedly spread across 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
During the scrutiny and scrutiny of the documents, the role of some gun dealers was found, who had issued such illegal arms licenses to these people in connivance with the public servants of the concerned district i.e. the then DM and ADM etc. It was also alleged that the people who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the arms licenses were issued. Officials said that the investigation of the matter is going on.
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