By Bharti Jasrotia
Barring a handful, most of the IFS officers of Jammu and Kashmir are crorepatis owning houses, plots, flats and commercial space in malls. Their favoured destinations: Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Dehradun and capital cities of their respective states.
Of the 82 serving IFS officers, an analysis of Immoveable Property Returns (IPR) filed by 28 of them shows that the column in the IPR, asking for information about the present value of the property has been left unfilled by most. In many cases, these officers have said they have not assessed the present value of the property while some others have come up with interesting explanations.
Jigmet Takpa, a 1990 batch IFS officer while giving details has out rightly stated that he has never assessed the present value of his property. He has a long list of properties spread across Leh-Ladakh, most of which are either on the name of his father or on the name of his wife. Present value of these properties has, however, not been given in any case.
Takpa has stated that an ancestral house, ‘A’ class hotel ‘Omasila’ and 20 Kanals of land in Chanspa area of Leh district are all on the name of his Hindu undivided family and stands in the name of his father Morup Tharchin. He had stated the same for 200 Kanals of land at Tugcha, 7 Kanals of land at Skara where a residential house is under construction since the year 2008 alongwith 9 rooms and 3 shops in Hotel Lingzi, all in different areas of Leh-Ladakh.
Takpa has accepted that 10 Kanals of land in Sakti village belongs to the Hindu undivided family of his in-laws and is proposed to be inherited by his wife. The only property, which according to Takpa is jointly owned by him and his wife, is a flat in Princeton Estate of DFL Phase-V Gurgaon, Haryana. He has given all these details without specifying the current market rate.
He is closely followed by Sanjay.K.Sinha, a direct recruit IFS officer. 1993 batch IFS officer. His IPR reveals that he owns two houses, valued at Rs. 15 lakh in Patna City Chowk area. Apart from these two houses, Sinha has 13000 square feet land at Patna Sahib, whose value, according to him is around Rs. 20 lakh.
He has another plot of land measuring 2200 square feet. Sinha has 300 Square yard land on Yamuna expressway in Greater Noida area of Uttar Pradesh. He has leased this plot of land to Yamuna Express Authority (YEA). Interestingly, Sinha has just this plot on the Yamuna expressway on his name while the rest of properties, according to Sinha are held by his mother.
1995 batch IFS officer, Narinder Singh Kala has inherited ancestral property worth crores. Seemingly, making an honest assessment, Kala has listed in his IPR a triple storey house alongwith 130 Kanals of Agricultural land at Village Singpora in Kalam Denna village of katianwala area of District Baramulla and put the present value of this property at Rs. 450 lakhs (i.e. Rs. 4.5 crore).
Besides this, he has claimed to be in possession of 18 Marlas of land with double storey building in the post Trikuta Nagar locality of Jammu city. He has explained that the piece of land was gifted to him by his father-in-law in October 2003. Following Kala is Nisar Ahmed Darzi. A 1991 batch IFS officer, Darzi’s property report card shows two houses in Nazuk Mohallah, another house alongwith 2 Kanals 3 Marlas of land and un-assessed land at Gangiwara and Danter villages, all in Anantnag District of South Kashmir.
Interestingly, Darzi has shown that all these properties do not belong to him and are actually shared properties. What has shocked many IFS officers is that Darzi has made no mention of his palatial house in Indira Nagar area of Srinagar city.
S.Rakesh Kumar is another crorepati IFS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre. He has land and house valuing around Rs. 105 lakh in Kollam. Conservator of Forest North circle Abdul Gani Hajam, a 1995 batch IFS officer, has property worth Rs. 334.5 lakh (Rs. 3.34 crore) which includes 2.5 Kanals land in Mohallah Jaded of Baramullah District, 2.5 Kanals of land in HMT Srinagar and a flat in Jammu.