The district administration has given green signal to the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) to check record of land registration with the revenue department to conduct verification of no-objection certificates (NOCs) that were issued over the past one year.
The administration and JDA had swung into action after officials had come across some fake NOCs last month. Tehsildar-2 Navdeep Singh had detected at least two fake NOCs purportedly issued by the JDA to two Kapurthala residents seeking land registry in the district.
According to information, the JDA had written to the district administration that two files pertaining to Mand and Johlan villages had gone missing and if one someone applies for a land registration deed, the revenue officials concerned should inform the agency (JDA) to verify the NOCs attached.
On December 19, the sub-registrar-2 received two applications for land registration deeds of five marla plots at Mand village of district.
Sub-registrar-2 Navdeep suspected NOCs attached with the applications of Kulwinder Kaur and Nirmal Lal of Khaira Majha in Kapurthala district to be fake.
He wrote to the JDA to establish whether the latter had issued the NOCs. After JDA officials cross checked, the two were found to be fake and were put on hold.
The applicants reportedly told the officials that a JDA employee had helped them get the NOCs. Some patwaris and other employee of the revenue department came under the scanner for issuing fake NOCs.
After the incident, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav asked the revenue officials to verify NOCs before going for registration of land whenever someone applies for this.
The deputy commissioner has also written to the police commissioner to register a first information report (FIR) against the suspects.
Suspecting that more fake NOCs could have been attached with the files of land registration in past, JDA officials asked for verification of one-year records with the revenue department.
When contacted, DC Kamal Kishore Yadav said, “We have given permission to the JDA to verify the NOCs and instructed the revenue officials to do the same before registration of land.”
As per details gathered from the JDA website, there are 150 approved colonies in Jalandhar, Kapurthala, and Hoshiarpur. There are nearly 500 illegal colonies in the district. Politicians are allegedly involved behind the large-scale mushrooming of such residential colonies.