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LDA property racket confirms dangerous sign!

A PROPERTY racket being run by property dealers in connivance with some unscrupulous LDA officials came to light when an allotment letter of a plot bearing forged signature of the LDA vice chairman and its secretary was detected on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 00:20 IST

A PROPERTY racket being run by property dealers in connivance with some unscrupulous LDA officials came to light when an allotment letter of a plot bearing forged signature of the LDA vice chairman and its secretary was detected on Tuesday.

LDA VC BB Singh has ordered registration of an FIR in the matter. The fraud was discovered when one Naresh Chandra Shukla, a resident of E-99 Panki, Mandir Road, Kanpur gave an application addressed to secretary LDA along with a note-sheet containing sanction of allotment of plot number 7/432 in Jankipuram Extension housing scheme. The document granting approval and containing all relevant notings/comments that are part of the allotment procedure bore the signature of both LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh and Secretary Vijay Yadav.

A scrutiny of the allotment later not only proved that the document was forged but also confirmed what has always been suspected: that some LDA ‘babus’ in cahoots with property dealers are operating a property racket. And gullible people like Shukla easily fall prey to their machinations. Shukla, later, informed that one property dealer, who identified himself as Bhupendra Srivastava, had assured him of getting a plot allotted to him. “He took Rs 15,000 in cash and a bank draft of Rs 40,000 along with a cash sale form from me on September 6,” he said.

He said Srivastava told him that he had given his application for plot along with the form to one Patel Babu in LDA. The fraud was detected as the plot in question was already allotted to another person. Shukla claimed that when he accosted Patel with the fact the latter returned the Rs 40,000 bank draft to him. “The manner in which the forged documents were got prepared and processed clearly make Patel a suspect in the crime,” said the LDA VC. He said action would be taken against the guilty once police the completed its investigation in the matter.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 00:20 IST