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Caste change to sell land

Officials were asked to bend but they crawled to help a Samajwadi Party leader clinch a golden land deal. In the process they twisted the laws and showed the Scheduled caste owner in OBC category to facilitate the sale. Now officials, some of them holding high posts, stand exposed with the matter reaching Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. And, in all likelihood, an inquiry could be ordered as per a hint given by District Magistrate Deepak Kumar.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 00:21 IST

Officials-mafia nexus alleged

Officials were asked to bend but they crawled to help a Samajwadi Party leader clinch a golden land deal. In the process they twisted the laws and showed the Scheduled caste owner in OBC category to facilitate the sale.

Now officials, some of them holding high posts, stand exposed with the matter reaching Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. And, in all likelihood, an inquiry could be ordered as per a hint given by District Magistrate Deepak Kumar.

The owner of the land, Chinkau, son of Dagaru, belonging to Kori community, was shown as a member of Kachi community (OBC category) after the revenue inspector issued the caste certificate (number 026989) on January 13, 2006, and the land was registered in the name of one Shabana Begum, allegedly mother of a Samajwadi Party leader. But the new caste certificate unveiled the illegitimate land deal at Purwameer industrial area in Maharajpur.

If Chinkau, as SC, had sold his two bigha land he would have had to seek approval of the district magistrate.

As per the rule, a Scheduled caste candidate, possessing not more than 6 bigha land, has to seek DM’s approval.

A complaint letter exposing the scam has been written to the chief minister urging immediate action against tainted officials and notorious land mafia, who all played a pivotal role in this scam.

The letter to CM was written by one Deep Narayan Singh about a week back but nothing substantial has been done by the administration.

Deep Narayan Singh, however, due to threat to his life, did not mention his address but has alleged that the certificate was issued by a revenue inspector who did not hold the charge of that area.

However, another revenue inspector, RK Dixit told the HT, “As the revenue inspector of the area, Raj Narayan Pal, was on leave, it was issued by some other revenue inspector.”

Interestingly, while SDM (sadar) SK Dwivedi denied any foul play, Tehsildar (sadar) Bhanu Pratap Shukla accepted the fact that one fake caste certificate was issued from the office of the district magistrate but was later cancelled. He, however, denied any entry or rejection of the land at the Tehsil office.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that when matter became public, officials of DM office silently cancelled the caste certificate issued on Januaray 13 but, ironically, the registry of the land transaction still exits.

ADM (Finance) Uday Veer Singh Yadav had no clue of the entire incident. He told the HT: “If I receive a written complaint of this alleged land scam then further course of action will be decided.”

Meanwhile, DM Deepak Kumar said, “If there is any such scam then an inquiry will be conducted and the guilty will be dealt with accordingly.”

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 00:21 IST