A number of district magistrates in Jammu and Kashmir in collusion with arms sellers had issued unlawful gun licences going again so far as 2012, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) mentioned on Saturday as a part of their probe into an arms licence racket.
Over 2.78 lakh unlawful gun licences have been issued by district magistrates for cash, the company mentioned, in what’s believed to be India’s largest arms licence rip-off.
In an announcement, the CBI mentioned they carried out searches at 40 places together with 20 gun homes in a case associated to arms licence racket in Jammu and Kashmir.
Amongst these raided are two IAS officers Shahid Iqbal Choudhary and Neeraj Kumar. Mr Choudhary, who’s Secretary of Tribal Affairs, has served as district Justice of the Peace in six districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
He claimed that no incriminating materials was discovered throughout searches by CBI at his residence however admitted there have been irregularities in some instances.
With ref to media reviews I’ve to verify that CBI did search my residence & discovered nothing incriminating in ongoing arms license probe. Media buddies might be aware the probe covers four years throughout all distts. I’m totally answerable to CBI for my tenure. Stats from my tenure are beneath ???? pic.twitter.com/qhl60AFrGI
— Shahid Choudhary (@listenshahid) July 24, 2021
The arms licence racket was first unearthed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Rajasthan Police in 2017 after they discovered criminals with licensed weapons issued by bureaucrats in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ATS had additionally discovered over 3,000 licences got within the title of Military personnel primarily based on faux paperwork.
Whereas the then Peoples’ Democratic Get together-BJP authorities in Jammu and Kashmir has been accused of making an attempt to defend the accused beneath the garb of a vigilance probe, after the imposition of Governor’s Rule in 2018, the then Governor NN Vohra handed over the case to CBI.
The BJP welcomed CBI raids and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for appearing towards corrupt who had been proliferating unlawful arms throughout the nation.
“These licences had been issued throughout earlier regimes. CBI ought to resolve it who all got gun licences; who’re these folks in numerous elements of the nation and Jammu and Kashmir. It must be uncovered,” mentioned BJP spokesperson Altaf Thakur.
In March final yr, the CBI arrested IAS officers Kumar Rajiv Ranjan and Itrat Rafiqui who had issued hundreds of licences throughout their tenure because the District Magistrates of Kupwara.