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Legal Storm Unleashed: Former Officials Face Charges in Jammu’s Fake Gun License Saga!

In a significant development, Special Judge CBI Jammu, Bala Joyti, has officially framed charges against two former Deputy Commissioners, Faqir Chand Bhagat and Javed Ahmed Khan, along with Parmod Kumar. The charges are linked to a fake gun license scam that dates back to 2013.

The case unfolded after a complaint by K K Sharma, the then Additional DG BSF, led to an FIR against the accused. The prosecution alleges a criminal conspiracy involving Pramod Kumar Sharma of M/s Nav Durga Gun House, Sukhwinder Singh, Commandant, Faquir Chand, the then District Magistrate Rajouri, and others.

The alleged conspiracy orchestrated the issuance of arms licenses at ₹12,000 each based on false and forged documents. Faqir Chand Bhagat, the then District Magistrate Rajouri, is accused of violating rules and procedures, abusing his official position to issue these licenses. Constable Parmod Kumar Sharma, transitioning from BSF to the business of preparing fake gun licenses, and Faquir Chand Bhagat connived, issuing 12 licenses and obtaining a pecuniary advantage of ₹1,44,000.

After a thorough hearing, the court found prima facie offences under various sections, framing charges against all accused persons. Public Prosecutor V K Dogra, representing the CBI, emphasised, ‘Prima facie offences under Section 120-B read with Sections 420, 467, 468, and 471 RPC, J&K Prevention of Corruption Act, and Section 30 Arms Act 1959 are made out against all accused persons’.

This development underscores the persistent battle against corruption and abuse of power. The court’s observation reinforces the gravity of the charges, signalling a crucial step in holding the accused accountable. As the legal proceedings unfold, the case stands as a testament to the commitment to justice.

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Akash G Varadaraj