The Gurgaon police want officials to verify property transactions after at least 37 cases of fraud worth R200 crore were reported in 2010. The police said the revenue department should be cautious to prevent such incidents.
Gurgaon joint commissioner of police Alok Mittal said, some revenue department officials have ties with property fraudsters.
As per law, both buyer and seller have to produce a witness each who can identify them at the time of registration. He said, fraudsters brought the same witnesses in most cases.
“The credibility of such a person should be questioned. We have found one. He is Hemraj Khatana and has been named in seven such cases. Government officials who are doing the registry should double check the identity of a witness,” Mittal said.
“Fraud cases related to land title and ownership are rising in Gurgaon. It is not only individual property buyers who have been hoodwinked but even reputed developers have been sold dubious land. Although the state earns over 40% revenue, not even 5% is spent to improve Gurgaon,” said Anckur Shrivast-tava, chairman, GenReal Property Advisers.If a property belongs to an NRI, gang members would get the general power of attorney (GPA) by fraudulent means from another state. The fake document is then shown to potential buyers.
“If someone is showing the GPA of Jharkhand to sell a property located in Gurgaon, then registration officials should question the deal. Ideally, the GPA should be verified from their counterparts in Jharkhand. Gangs have frequently used this loophole,” he added.
“In 2010, 12 of the 37 cases involved the same property being sold twice. In the rest, the registry was made by impersonating the owner,” he said.