Top J&K IAS Officer Booked For Corruption
26 May 2003
The Asian Age
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has booked a senior IAS officer, Aslam Qurashi, on charges of corruption and misuse of his authority. The FIR filed by the state vigilance organisation alleged that the officer, who is currently the vice chairman of the Jammu Development Authority, is involved in numerous cases of illegal appointments, benami land transactions and unlawful land allotments in the state. The vigilance organisation has claimed having established prima facie evidence during preliminary investigations against Mr Qurashi. He has, however, strongly denied it. According to the vigilance organisation, which also reported tightening noose on several other corrupt officials, the case against Mr Qurashi pertains to alleged illegal appointments of several persons, including a public relation officer, and several 'benami transactions' of lands. It added that he along with another official had allotted nearly 300 residential plots, buildings and shops 'illegally and irregularly' during the last two years, leading to huge losses for the JDA. Meanwhile, the Mufti Sayeed government has in a significant move announced a comprehensive strategy to rid the administration of corruption. This, an official spokesperson said here on Monday, would be achieved by strengthening the internal vigilance in government departments and public sector undertakings. The step, he said, is a sequel to the coalition governments commitment of providing corruption-free and accountable administration in Jammu and Kashmir. At least, 13 departments have been identified for attention, he said, adding that other departments will also be monitored to prevent corrupt practices.