Land mafia duped a district courts lawyer of R1.05 crore by selling him 8 acres of agriculture land last year based on fake documents.
The lawyer was taken into so strong a confidence that he handed the dubious sellers a “self” cheque, which they cashed quickly. The forgery came to light a few days ago when the lawyer, Harjeet Singh of Nidhan Wala village, went to Nathuwala Garbi village to take possession of the land and started cultivating it with a tractor.
“The real owner stopped him and told him the land belonged to him and that it had never been sold to anyone,” said senior superintendent of police Surjit Singh Grewal. In a complaint lodged with SSP Grewal, Harjeet Singh said he wanted to purchase the land to invest the money sent that his family had sent from abroad.
“With Karam Singh of Ludhiana, Sukhdev Singh of Mahla Kalan in Moga, Sarmukh Singh and Kamaljeet Kaur of Singhan Wala, and four more people, I signed a land deed on September 28, 2012,” the lawyer told the police. “A few days ago, I paid the party by cheque and the cheating came to light later,” he added.
The land was sold by introducing the lawyer to fake owners and using fake documents, a trick shown in the 2006 Hindi comedy movie “Khosla Ka Ghonsla” starring Anupam Kher and Boman Irani.
“It’s land mafia’s work,” said SSP Grewal. “The modus operandi is from many other cases and we have identified all culprits. We raided their houses but had fled.”
The district police have registered a case against eight people at Baghapurana.