CAG finds irregularities in tehsils; loss of over Rs 300 crore

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2015 13:30 IST

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has detected non/under-levy of stamp duty and registration fee and other irregularities in tehsil offices across Haryana, amounting over Rs 300 crore, in a report which was tabled in the assembly on Tuesday.

The data from the period between 2007 and 2014 was taken for evaluation.

The CAG report says that lack of input controls in HARIS IT application, used for maintenance and upgradation of records of property deals, led to mis-classification of 254 sale documents resulting in irregular remission of stamp duty of Rs 70.90 crore and non-mapping of locations falling within municipal corporation limits led to non-levy of 2% additional stamp duty of Rs 31.62 crore in 3,497 cases.

Also, the non-cooperation of appropriate validation checks in IT application led to wrong remission of stamp duty of Rs 70.25 crore in 334 documents and deficient validation checks on the transactions made within MC limits with area less than 1,000 square yards led to short levy of stamp duty of Rs 19.9 crore in 1,213 cases.

Recovery pending

During test check of records in 6 districts of the state, CAG observed that 9,802 cases of undervaluation were referred to collectors for decision between March 2009 and March 2014, out of which 7,227 cases were disposed of and the remaining 2,575 cases involving Rs 35.77 crore were pending adjudication. Even in the decided cases, recovery amounting to Rs 13.93 crore is yet to be realised.

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