The Delhi High Court has come down heavily on criminals who forge documents of properties, whose owners live either in other states or in other countries, and then sell such properties.
"There is an increase in offences of land grabbing and such gangs are active in various parts of Delhi. They identify the plots whose owners are either living abroad or in other cities and thereafter they prepare various forged documents and sell the plots", said justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra.
Dismissing anticipatory bail of one Harjit Singh, accused of such an offence and allegedly part of a gang that grabbed property, the court said such a menace was increasing as lower courts showed unnecessary leniency on such accused by granting them bail.
Singh was accused of grabbing a 279 square yard plot in Punjabi Bagh by using forged documents. "Considering the fact that investigation showed that the accused was actively involved in the forgery and was part of a criminal gang who grabbed property, I consider that the accused is not entitled to anticipatory bail," justice Dhingra added.