Chief Engineer grows overnight rich, owns assets worth crores

Public Health Engineering (PHE) department seems to have become a gold mine for engineers of Jammu and Kashmir with one of the officials having earned huge fortune in the last 10 years.

He neither has business concerns nor has ever had any ancestral property worth name but in the last 10 years, he has managed to create assets worth crores of rupees yet he has remained unscathed and is presently, Chief Engineer in a wing of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control department. Sources said that the said Chief Engineer is politically well-connected and it is because of this reason that he managed his posting even during the short tenure of ex-PHE minister Choudhary Sukhnandan.

They said that the officer knows well how to reach in all the important corners for saving his skin and getting an important position in the department. Sources disclosed that the said Chief Engineer has assets which include land, shops, houses and other commercial complexes spread over Jammu, Kishtwar, Srinagar and New Delhi. Not only this, sources said that he has stakes a well-known hotel group of Kashmir.

They further said that the Chief Engineer has also invested in the real estate business both in Jammu as well as Kashmir. Sources said that he has recently purchased two fruit orchards in Kashmir valley besides having some share in commercial huts in Patnitop and Gulmarg. They added that the said Chief Engineer has grabbed 5 Kanals of forest land opposite Mecca Masjid in Bhathindi.

Sources further added that he has purchased plots in Bhathindi, Sunjawan and Bajalta areas on the name of his close relatives and female members of family. According to the details available with Newspoint Bureau, this Chief Engineer has even purchased flats in Delhi and Gurgaon. Sources added that the Chief Engineer has purchased huge palatial house at Kashmir on the name of someone else while adding that the cost of the house is above Rs. 2 crore.

They said that the house was purchased at a time when the said Chief Engineer was being probed for corruption charges. Sources further disclosed that the said Chief Engineer has intensely lobbied to be posted in Jammu region but the move was scuttled after a complaint surfaced against him in the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO).

They said that the officer has always been in the news for wrong reasons. Sources said that during his NC-Congress coalition government, he was attached for having misbehaved with a female colleague in UEED. They added that even then, he managed to get back another prize posting.

Sources further said that even police had once raided his residence in Bhathindi over the allegations of having been with female employee. They added that nothing was heard about this incident thereafter. “He is running transfer industry in the department where he is posted these days. Government had kept his name in the list of employees which were to be declared deadwood but he managed to save his skin,” added the sources.

A detailed complaint in this regard has reached the office of State Vigilance Commission (SVC). Not only this Chief Engineer, a superintending engineer of PHE has raised a multi-storey commercial complex in Channi Himmat. Another engineer has constructed a multi-storey commercial complex on the main road in Channi. In all these constructions, JMC and Housing Board building norms stand flouted blatantly.

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