The local police have registered a case against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Jagtar Singh Bhaini and Congress leader Rajpal Singh for selling 8-kanal land of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib here by allegedly preparing forged documents.
Bhaini, a resident of Nurpur Bedi, is a general council member of SAD. He is also a member of the district grievances redressal committee, Rupnagar. Rajpal, a numberdar, is a prominent Congress leader of Kiratpur Sahib.
It is alleged that Rajpal got the girdawari of the land, which was already in possession of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, done in his name in connivance with revenue officials. Thereafter, Rajpal sold the land to Bhaini for Rs 12.5 lakh, although the market price of the land is stated to be Rs 3.5 crore. Bhaini also got the girdawari of the land done in his name, allegedly in connivance with revenue officials.
Last year, Bhaini had sold a portion of 2 kanals and 4 marlas out of the 8-kanal land for Rs 1.13 crore to Sant Maan Singh Pehowawale.
Maan Singh, who started construction on the purchased land last year, however, vacated it after the controversy erupted.
Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib manager Sukhwinder Singh Grewal lodged a complaint with the Rupnagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) on June 8 last year. Subsequently, superintendent of police (detective) Darshan Singh Mann conducted an inquiry, which found that Bhaini and Rajpal had sold the Takht land through written agreements and power of attorney.
On the basis of the inquiry and legal opinion by the district attorney (legal), a case under sections 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc.), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against Bhaini and Rajpal Singh at Anandpur Sahib police station.
The district attorney, in his report, had also recommended to the police to investigate the role of revenue department officials in the matter.