Marriage registration process at Ludhiana district courts has come under the scanner as reports of fleecing of the applicants have been pouring in for some time.
Complaints against the staff working at the tehsildar office have become a routine as applicants often complain about being fleeced even at the time of submitting applications to procure a marriage certificate.
Rupinderjeet Singh of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar alleged that clerk Bhajan Lal Dua, working in the office of tehsildar Ajit Pal Singh, demanded `2,000 extra for the completion of his marriage registration.
Rupinderjeet’s file was not sent from the office of the Tehsildar for the final approval even though it was complete in all respect. “I couldn’t get the tehsildar’s approval as the clerk there demanded bribe,” alleged Rupinderjeet Singh.
Singh also said that he was in contact with many more people who were fleeced at the tehsildar’s office. “If anyone refuses to give extra money, they make the people wait for by pointing out irrelevant gaps,” Singh claimed.
Gaganpreet Singh, a city resident, said that he went along as a witness with Rupinderjeet Singh for this marriage registration process and found that the officials were not doing work without taking bribe. “They are just sitting there only for the sake of earning extra money instead of serving the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rupinderjit Singh has submitted a complaint with the office of additional deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, with a copy marked to the deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal.
When contacted on telephone , Bhajan Lal Dua came to HT office and denied all the allegations levelled against him.
HT tried to contact the officials at the additional deputy commissioner’s office, but due to frequent transfers no one could be reached.