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CBI Conducts Raids in J-K Over Irregularities in Arms License Issuance

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted raids at multiple locations in parts of the Union  Territory of Jammu and Kashmir concerning alleged irregularities in issuing arms licenses to non-residents on forged documents, reported PTI. The CBI has not shared any details of the searches but confirmed that the raids were… Continue reading CBI Conducts Raids in J-K Over Irregularities in Arms License Issuance

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted raids at multiple locations in parts of the Union  Territory of Jammu and Kashmir concerning alleged irregularities in issuing arms licenses to non-residents on forged documents, reported PTI.

The CBI has not shared any details of the searches but confirmed that the raids were carried out based on complaints after which a case was registered in 2019.

The case registered claims that there were irregularities in the issuance of arms licenses to non-residents between 2012-2016 by deputy commissioners of various Jammu and Kashmir districts.

The license was issued in exchange for bribes.

In December 2019, the CBI had carried out searches in Srinagar, Jammu, Gurgaon and Noida in relation to the case.

The searches were carried out at the residence of then district collectors and magistrates of Kupwara, Baramulla, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Shopian, Rajouri, Doda, Pulwama.

Two cases were carried out in connection with the cases which said that over two lakhs arms licenses were illegally issued from several districts of the Union Territory.

It is alleged that then public servants in cahoots with other accused issued arms licences to non-residents of state in violation of rules and received illegal gratification.

The Rajasthan ATS had unearthed the scandal in 2017 and had arrested over 50 people for their alleged involvement in the illegal issuance of arms licences.

According to the ATS, over 3,000 permits were granted allegedly in the name of Army personnel. Based on ATS findings, then Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra had handed over the matter to the CBI.

With inputs from PTI