CBI lodges two FIRs in Asola govt land sale case
Hindustan Times had first reported the alleged scam on November 27 detailing how around 30 acres of prime government property in Asola village was transferred to private individuals by fudging land records.Updated: Feb 13, 2018 23:55 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday registered two FIRs in case of tampering of records related to Delhi government land, worth around Rs 600 crore, in south Delhi.
Hindustan Times had first reported the alleged scam on November 27 detailing how around 30 acres of prime government property in Asola village was transferred to private individuals by fudging land records.
According to the two FIRs, there was tampering in revenue records related to six khasras (gram sabha plots) numbers 1082, 1348, 1354, 1435, 1437 and 1632 at the village. A CBI spokesperson confirmed,” We have registered two FIRs in the case and launched investigations.”
A senior CBI official said records of at least 125 bighas (26 acre) government land was tampered.
The probe into the tampering of records related to one property was first handed over to the Delhi police. But given the magnitude to the scam, Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal later asked the CBI for a probe. The agency on Tuesday re-registered two FIRs as per standard operating procedure in transferring the case to the agency.
The FIR quotes the government’s enquiry report that during an internal probe a fraudulent entry was detected in revenue record (khatauni) of plot 1354, which showed one Mahesh, son of Shankar, as land owner since 1985. An inquiry by an additional district magistrate was then ordered, which found that record tampering was done between January 30, 2014 and April 24, 2015. The then Patwari(keeper of records), in charge of the village, Inderjeet had on April 24, 2015, had for the first time recognised Mahesh as owner or ‘Bhumidar’ of the plot, which belongs to the government. The enquiry also found that on the basis of tampered records, a no objection certificate (NOC) and sale deed of the land was registered during Inderjeet’s tenure. Later, the land was sold to Amritsar resident Raman Mehra.
According to the FIR, in October 2015, Inderjeet again made changes in the Khasra Girdawari, which is a biannual inspection report by revenue officers to check the land’s ownership and current usage, and entered the name of Raman Mehra as Bhumidar in place of Mahesh. According to the sale deed papers, Mahesh, had received Rs 1.4 crore from the woman for selling 10 Bigha gram sabha land. HT investigation had found that plot 1354, measuring around 2-acre, has a market price of around Rs 40 crore.
According to the FIR, Inderjeet, during enquiry, had claimed that all reports, while issuing NOCs and sanctioning of mutation (called P-1 report), were written by his private assistants. He reportedly mentioned only the first names of his three assistants but didn’t give their address, the enquiry officer noted.
Following the enquiry, then sub-divisional magistrate Ankita Chakravarty lodged a complaint at the Neb Sarai police station on April 6, 2017 seeking a probe. Six days later, she lodged another compliant with the police giving details of five more gram sabha plots. The police then registered another case and launched a probe.
HT had earlier contacted Mehra who declined to comment. Mahesh had claimed that the land belongs to him and threatened to sue the Delhi government.
Delhi government has suspended the Patwari and kanungo (supervisor) and also annulled the sale deed between Mehra and Mahesh.
The government has begun taking back their land on paper by correcting the tampered records.
First Published: Feb 13, 2018 23:55 IST