The Haryana government has suspended five revenue officials of Faridabad and Ballabgarh tehsils as well as terminated the services of 13 computers operators for causing loss to the state exchequer.
The officials said that Gurgaon's divisional commissioner TK Sharma had received a specific complaint about the revenue officials depositing not depositing the entire registry fee in the exchequer.
After the Faridabad administration investigated the matter, it found that five registry clerks posted in Faridabad and Ballabgarh would attach fake receipts numbers to computerised registries that showed that the balance amount had also been paid.
"The receipt numbers were found to be fake, and it was proved that the registry clerks had pocketed the amount instead of depositing it in the exchequer," said Manjeet Singh, district revenue officer, Faridabad. "According to our calculations, these officials have pocketed more than Rs 20 lakh in the past financial year," Singh added.
According to officials, while getting a property registered at the tehsil office, stamps are purchased against the registration fee. But sometimes cash is paid against which proper receipts are issued and the receipt number is entered in computer records.
"I have ordered the police to register cases against the five registry clerks," said Praveen Kumar, deputy commissioner, Faridabad. "Corruption will not be tolerated. This strict action is a part of our effort to provide a corruption-free atmosphere in government offices."
But despite repeated attempts, HT could not ascertain if the police have registered the FIRs.