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After unceremonious exit, raids at house of Baseer Khan in fake license case

A week after his unceremonious exit as the advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday searched the residence of Baseer Ahmed Khan in a case related to arms licenses being issued on fake and forged documents.

A CBI spokesperson said the agency conducted searches at around 41 locations including in Srinagar, Anantnag, Banihal, Baramulla, Jammu, Doda, Rajouri, Kishtwar (Jammu and Kashmir), Leh, Delhi, and Bhind (Madhya Pradesh).

The searches included the officials and residential premises of around 14 serving and retired officials from the IAS and Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS), who were posted as district magistrates.

The Tuesday searches also covered five private persons who allegedly acted as middlemen and agents, besides 10 gun houses or dealers, the spokesperson said.

It led to the recovery of “incriminating documents” including those related to the issuance of arms licenses, a list of beneficiaries, documents related to investment in fixed deposit receipts, and other sale proceeds.

The CBI also recovered property documents, bank account details, locker keys, diary comprising incriminating details, arms license registers, electronic gadgets, and mobile phones, and some cash including old currency.

The CBI had registered two cases on the request of the Jammu and Kashmir government which alleged bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile state from 2012 to 2016.

It was alleged that more than 2.78 lakh arms licenses were issued to non-entitled persons. The CBI also collected documents that allegedly suggested such issuance of armed licenses spread over 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

During the probe, the agency had come across pieces of evidence suggesting the role of Khan, who was made an advisor to the first Lt Governor G C Murumu and also served the incumbent Manoj Sinha.

Khan enjoyed the complete support of the Lt Governor’s administration till very late in his stint. He had all important departments including tourism under him. However, he was unceremoniously removed from the post on October 5 on the orders of the Indian home ministry.

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