Slum rehabilitation scheme: 3get two-year jail for cheating NAILED Six booked in 2001, two, including clerk of estate office, acquitted; one declared PO
After 13 years of allotment of plots in Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, on the basis of forged slips, additional district and sessions judge KK Kareer awarded two-year jail to three persons after holding them guilty of cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery.
The court also imposed a fine of `2,500 each on the convicts -Mohinder, a resident of Sector 11, Chandigarh, hailing from Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh (UP); Gauri Lal, resident of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, hailing from Gonda district, UP, and Dommi Paswan, resident of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagaran, hailing Bihar.
However, two accused - Rama Kant Mishra, resident of Sector 28, Chandigarh, a rent clerk in the office of estate office; and Raj Bahadur alias Ajoobi, resident of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, hailing from Partapgarh district, UP - were acquitted by the court as prosecution failed to prove allegations against them.
Whereas one Daya Ram Singh, resident of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, hailing from Partapgarh district, UP, was declared a proclaimed offender.
Vigilance department on April 11, 2001, had booked six persons on allegations of allotment of plots in Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh, under rehabilitation scheme on the basis of some forged slips. The convicts had managed to sell a plot that was never allotted through forged documents and impersonation.
The case was registered on recommendations of UT administration after an inquiry pointed out that under the scheme to rehabilitate the jhuggi dwellers of Labour Colony under the Scheme “Licencing of Tenements of Sites in Chandigarh Scheme 1979”, plots were allotted on forged slips.
According to the allegations, accused Mohinder, Gauri, Daya, Raj, Dommi and Rama Kant hatched a conspiracy, following which Mohinder posed as Ram Shankar and claimed to be the allottee of plot number 860 situated near civil dispensary, Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh.
During the investigations, it was found that the plot in fact was vacant and it was not allotted to anybody. The investigations also revealed that accused Rama Kant, who was posted as rent clerk in the estate office, manipulated receipt issued in respect of plot number 778 and converted it to be the receipt of plot number 860 and handed it over to his co-accused.
Prosecution alleged that the accused managed to sell the plot for `1.20 lakh. Later, accused Mohinder in connivance and conspiracy with other accused posed as Ram Shankar and sold the plot again and obtained a sum of `1.25 lakh from the vendees and shared the sum among his aides.