After the flat owners of Silver Oak Apartments on Nakodar Road alleged fraud by a leading builder and owner of a group of educational institutions and his son, the role various departments, including the municipal corporation, has come under scanner.
Anil Chopra, the owner of St Soldier’s Group, and his son Rajan Chopra were accused of duping the flat owners in connivance with government officials by carrying construction on land belonging to the Punjab Financial Corporation.
A case was registered under against the two under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged) of IPC.
They built flats on the said land in 2001. The then revenue department officials, PFC local administration and municipal corporation may find themselves in the soup.
The FIR was registered against the Chopras on the complaint of Silver Oak Residents Welfare Society that alleged that the colonizer duped them by selling flats in year 2002, 2003 and 2004 stating that it was their land.
“We have been living in these flats for 10 years. In December last year, we were left high and dry when certain PFC officials came from Chandigarh and told us that the land measuring 6.7 canals of 35.7 canals actually belonged to the corporation,” the complaint says.
Residents also alleged that the PFC had issued notices to sell the land where 24 flats are situated of a total of 72 flats.
A PFC official said they had also set the date for the auction of the land and the minimum value for its sale has been set at 3.25 lakh per marla.
The police inquiry conducted by ACP (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu before registration of the FIR against the Chopras has also found that the residents are also having registries of these flats on their name that points a finger towards the involvement of the then revenue officials in this.
The role of certain officials of Jalandhar municipal corporation is also under scanner as they also passed the map of the colony without checking ownership of the land.
The role of PFC officials is also suspected as they were present when the possession of the land was given to the Chopras, who had bought 35.10 canals during an auction.
Besides 24 flats, the disputed land has a park and parking lot on it. The registries of flats have been done on the name of residents with sub-registrar-2, Jalandhar, as the undersigned official.
PFC managing director SS Bains was not available for comments despite repeated attempts to contact him.
Meanwhile, the police are yet to initiate any action in the case as the entire administration is busy in the inauguration ceremony of the World Cup Kabaddi.