Srinagar, Dec 15: An Anti-Corruption court special judge on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in Gulmarg land scam case for ‘lack of powers’ in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.
The first additional district and sessions judge, Baramulla, who is also the judge of the special anti-corruption court for the districts north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora, Justice Mohammad Ashraf Khan adjourned the hearing on Tuesday for ‘lack of powers’ to try the case.
The case was adjourned since the Service Regulatory Order (SRO), which would empower him to hear cases under the anti-corruption laws as the special judge anti-corruption court in addition to his duties as the first additional district and sessions judge, has still not been issued by the Union Territory’s department of law and justice. Khan was assigned the case after Justice Naseer Ahmad Dar, who was hearing the case, was transferred.
Justice Dar had on June 11 directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to further investigate and file a supplementary charge sheet in the case. A case in alleged Gulmarg land scam was registered by State Vigilance Commission (now ACB) in 2009. FIR was filed against 20 people.