A court, on Tuesday, sentenced one Dr Gurwinder Singh Samra and five others, including then tehsildar and naib tehsildar, in a 15-year-old land fraud case.
Dr Samra, his father Gurdeep Singh Samra, residents of GTB Nagar in Kartarpur, then tehsildar Hansa Singh, then naib tehsildar Balbir Singh, Avtar Singh of Gurdaspur, Baldev Singh of Kartarpur were booked by the police on March 11,1999 under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467(forgery of valuable security, will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) on the complaint of Varinder Dhiman, a resident of furniture market in Kartarpur.
Dhiman, the original owner, had complained to the police that he had 14-kanal and 19-marla prime land in Kartarpur. He was shown to have received rs6.66 lakh in an affidavit allegedly given by him as consideration for the sale of the land, but he said that he had never signed such an affidavit.
An inquiry revealed that the affidavit was forged by the accused in connivance with revenue officials. A report of the forensic science laboratory, Chandigarh, confirmed that the signatures of Dhiman were forged.
The power of attorney from Dhiman was allegedly forged in favour of Avtar Singh, who executed the sale deed in favour of Gurdeep Singh, father of Gurwinder Samra.