Fake license case: Gun manufacturer arrested by CBI
Srinagar, Feb 25:
The CBI has arrested a gun manufacturer, who allegedly worked as a conduit of
arms dealers and district officials of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state
for procuring pan-India arms licences, an official spokesman said.
The arrested has
been identified as Rahul Grover by the agency officials.
arrested by the Rajasthan Police’s Anti-Terror Squad in 2017 for the same
charge and he secured bail after spending a year in jail.
said the accused was produced before a designated court here which remanded him
in 10 days’ CBI custody.
Grover, who filed
bail applications numerous times in various courts of Rajasthan including the
high court, is accused of facilitating consumers for renewal of arms licenses
or grant of fresh licenses.
additional advocate general, appearing on behalf of ATS, had contended in the
Rajasthan High Court that out of 565 licenses which were recovered from Grover,
93 licenses have been granted to persons who were never posted in Jammu and
Kashmir at the time when the licenses were issued and many of them have never
served in the armed forces.
The CBI had
registered a case on the consent of Jammu and Kashmir government to probe a
vigilance case which alleged that during the period from 2012 to 2016, the
Deputy Commissioners of various districts of the erstwhile state had
fraudulently and illegally issued bulk arms licenses in lieu of monetary
After taking over
the case, searches were earlier conducted at the premises of the accused which
led to the recovery of incriminating documents.
Grover is alleged
to have also transferred a huge sum of money into account of kin of an IAS
officer who was then serving as the Deputy Commissioner of a district.
the case, the CBI had carried out searches on December 30 last year, including
at the premises of senior IAS officers Yasha Mudgal and Kumar Rajeev Ranjan.
the premises of Mudgal, a 2007-batch IAS officer, and Ranjan, a 2010-batch IAS
officer, houses of Itrat Hussain, Mohammed Saleem, Mohammed Junaid Khan, F C
Bhagat, Farooq Ahmed Khan and Jenhagir Ahmed Mir were searched, the officials
Mudgal is at
present CEO-and-Managing Director of Power Distribution Corporation Jammu,
while Ranjan is CEO of Jammu Srinagar Metro Rail Corporation.
The CBI, which
was handed over the matter in August 2018, is probing arms licenses that were
issued in from 2012-16 from various districts of the militancy-hit region.
It is alleged
that the then public servants received illegal gratification in issuance of
licenses to non-residents of Jammu and Kashmir in violation of rules, the
The agency had
registered two FIRs in this regard with the consent of the Jammu and Kashmir
government with the then DC of Kupwara listed as an accused in one of them,
while unidentified officials of various districts have been mentioned in
another, they said.
Chandigarh unit has registered the FIRs for alleged criminal misconduct and
criminal conspiracy under the Ranbir Penal Code and in violation of Section
3/25 of the Arms Act, besides provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.