Delhi government has suspended five sub-registrars after they were allegedly found to be registering properties in an illegal manner, resulting in huge losses to the exchequer.
Chief Secretary R Narayan Swamy on Friday night suspended Buniyad Singh (Pitampura), Sanjeev Aggarwal (Narela), Babarwal (Janakpuri), Mohmmed Hashim (Seelam Pur) and Dinesh Kumar (Kashmiri Gate).
He gave the orders following recommendations of Divisional Commissioner Rakesh Behari after it was found that they were not charging any stamp duty on sale and purchase of properties.
Instead they were registering the properties being sold and purchased through will and special power of attorney, which is banned in the city since 2004, a senior official told PTI in the capital.
Behari had early this month constituted thirteen teams in the anti-corruption department under the supervision of Sub-divisional magistrates to look into the functioning of all 13 sub-registrar offices.
At present, for properties registered under the name of a woman, stamp duty is 3 per cent and in case of men is five per cent. The slashed stamp duty approved recently by the Delhi Cabinet is to be notified soon.
To boost revenue and bring transparency, the government has also introduced circle rates according to which the city has been divided into eight categories for the purpose -- from A to H -- and henceforth, any deal that is struck below the prescribed level is considered illegal.