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Probe into multi-crore land grab

The district administration has taken the custody of 1,500 acres of land, worth around Rs 3,000 crore, which was being sold illegally to land mafia in the form of plots and farmhouses in the Sohna region, about 23 kms from the city.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2011 01:12 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The district administration has taken the custody of 1,500 acres of land, worth around Rs 3,000 crore, which was being sold illegally to land mafia in the form of plots and farmhouses in the Sohna region, about 23 kms from the city.

The district magistrate has ordered an investigation into the involvement of revenue department officials in the illegal sale of government land in the area.

The administration has also banned the sales and purchase as well as registration of the properties in the area. “We would now start the process of evicting the occupants who have created structures here. We would also initiate criminal proceedings against the concerned revenue officers who were instrumental in tampering with the records and allowed sale of the land,” the district magistrate PC Meena said.

According to officials, a number of houses, farmhouses as well as commercial establishments have been construction on about 100 acres of the land.

The probe was ordered after the office of financial commissioner of Haryana Development and Panchayat Department wrote to all the district magistrates of the state following a Supreme Court order.

Meena said that he had called a meeting of revenue officials on Monday and sought details of the existing structures as well as the names of the officials involved in the land deals.

The circle rate of the land in Sohna region is R1 crore per acre while the market price of the same is Rs 2-3 crore per acre. The market rate is as high as R5 crore per acre at some patches.