Ghaziabad panel probing suspended official unable to find files on circle rate reduction

Allegations against suspended AIG (stamps) include reduction in circle rates to favour a particular Ghaziabad mall

noida Updated: Jul 05, 2017 00:08 IST
The official, Rajesh Sharma, also faces allegations of running a ‘parallel office’ at the residence of another official.(Sakib Ali/HT File)

The committee of officials probing allegations related to suspended assistant inspector general (stamps) is unable to find the files related to reduction in circle rates allegedly brought about by the suspended officer.

The committee officials on Tuesday said they have started the probe into allegations against Rajesh Sharma, the suspended AIG (stamps), who is under judicial custody. One of the major allegations against him is the reduction of circle rates to favour a prominent mall in Ghaziabad. He also faces allegations of demanding bribe from people after he allegedly sent fake notices.

“So far, we have not been able to find the files related to reduction in circle rates. We wish to inquire into the issue but have not been able to find the files as of now. Every reduction in circle rates will be verified and it will be checked if the procedures were followed. We also went to Modi Nagar from where a number of complaints against the officer had come,” said a committee member.

The officials said the final authority to increase or decrease circle rates rests with the district magistrate.

“We will see if every procedure was followed as per guidelines and law. In case some officials were bypassed, we will check the circumstances in which the decision was taken,” another member of the committee said.

The committee comprises of one official each from Lucknow, Saharanpur, Allahabad and Agra. They have been asked by IG (stamps), Kamini Ratan Chauhan, to probe on a 10-point agenda including alleged notices issued without registration of cases, amount of notices in cases and settlements (amounts) made thereon, the service quality of offices and complaints made by Sharma against sub-registrars and vice versa, among others.

Sharma was arrested by the Ghaziabad police on June 15 after two FIRs were lodged against him at Kavi Nagar police station. One of them was lodged by district officials following a search at the premises of Ajay Kumar Garg, retired deputy inspector general (stamps). Sharma faces allegations of running a ‘parallel office’ from Garg’s residence and taking officials files there.

During a search preceding the FIRs, district officials found certain incriminating documents and other material from Garg’s residence. Sharma was also found present at Garg’s house at the time, according to one of the FIRs.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 00:08 IST