Taj Ready For Probe Into Land Grab Charges

Taj Ready For Probe Into Land Grab Charges

26 November 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The Minister for PHE and Irrigation Taj Mohiudddin Monday wrote a letter to Forest Minister Mian Altaf and asked him to constitute an inquiry committee to probe land grab charges against him. “I shall be thankful, if you please look into the matter personally and get a joint committee of Revenue-Forest Departments constituted to demarcate the land under reference once again, in order to clinch the issue once for all, so that the records are put straight and unnecessary coverage through print-electronic media, which tends to undermine my image, due to the vilifications campaign launched against me that takes years to built”, read Taj’s letter to Mian Altaf. The minister has volunteered to give up any part of the land if it was found to be belonging to the forest department. “If the committee comes to the conclusion that any portion of forest land is under my occupation as per the records, which is not so, the same may be withdrawn”, Taj writes. He said the allegations leveled against him to tarnish his reputation and defame him as a minister. “It seems that there are certain quarters inimical to my person hell-bent to tarnish my image. They are telling the lies like “Goebbels Truth” and giving just a belief of being it a truth,” he said. Taj claimed in the letter that the issue was looked into by the Accountability Commission in September 2005 and probed by Vigilance Organization, Kashmir in 2011. “They found that no forest land was grabbed”. He accused the forest officials of claiming revenue land as forest land without initiating actual demarcation of land. “The relevant entries in the revenue record stands made in the year 1984. The related documents dated 12.03.1984 along with communication No. 1459-PCC dated 23.10.1985 of Conservator of Forests, Kashmir, South Circle addressed to DFO, Shopian Division and letter No. 956-57-OG dated 14.10.1985 from Tehsildar Shopian to the address of Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama with a copy to DFO Shopian and copy of Form 25 in the matter are enclosed. Besides, worth to mention that the relevant documents under ‘Roshni Act’ stands as well deposited in respect of my land at Sedow, Shopian”, further reads the letter.