Official takes bribe to correct land deal, held

  • Sneha Agrawal, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2015 12:02 IST

A team of state vigilance bureau arrested a Patwari for demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs. 30,000 in lieu of mutation of his land on Monday afternoon. The accused would be produced to city court on Tuesday.

The accused was identified as Azgar Khan a resident of Chandeli, Mewat and was Patwari, Kadarpur, Gurgaon. Patwari is a government official who keeps records of land ownership.

According to the vigilance department, on Monday Beeru Singh, a resident of Begumpur Khatola, had approached the department with complaint against the Patwari for demanding Rs. 30,000 for corrections on the land document.

A trap was laid and raid was conducted by the state vigilance team on Saturday, said the official.

Singh had scheduled to pay Rs. 30,000 to the accused on Tuesday afternoon. As Singh had already informed the vigilance department, a team of duty magistrate Somdutt, inspector Jagdish Dagar, assistant sub-inspector Naresh Kumar and DSP Virender Singh and caught him red-handed around 2:30pm and recovered the money under direct supervision of DIG (Deputy Inspector General) Yogender Singh Nehra.

“A case under sections 7/13 of Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused and he will be produced to city court on Tuesday. Further investigation is in progress,” said Nehra.

The complainant called the accused and agreed to pay Rs. 30,000 after negotiation as earlier the accused had demanded Rs. 60,000. Monday morning the accused asked him to reach Sohna Road, Badshahpur. The team spread powder on the notes and handed over to Singh. He met accused and handed over the packet to him.

However, Inspector Jagdish Dagar said, “The complainant was in touch with the senior officials of the vigilance department since morning. We have also recovered Rs. 30,000 from his possession and are conducting investigation.”

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