The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against eight former public servants, including then CEOs of Patnitop Development Authority (PDA) and others, including owners of hotels, resorts, guest houses on allegations of large scale illegal construction and encroachment of land in the tourist location of Patnitop area of Udhampur District in Jammu and Kashmir.
Searches were conducted on Tuesday at 11 locations, including Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua districts of UT J&K at the offices and residential premises of said public servants, including then CEOs of PDA, Transport Department, Sales Tax Department.
It led to the recovery of incriminating documents, huge investment in fixed deposits and immovable properties. Investigation is presently underway.
A preliminary enquiry was earlier conducted on the directions of J&K High Court. It was alleged that these public servants having jurisdiction over land in Patnitop, in conspiracy with the owners of local hotels and resorts had allowed illegal construction, and illegal use of the said land in violation of the law, leading to loss to the government.
It was further alleged that many hotels and guest houses were constructed without any permission and were not registered with PDA. In some cases, no compounding fee was allegedly deposited by the hotels.