CM orders ACB to raid all registration offices
Taking a serious note of the happenings at the Kukutpally SubRegistrar office involving a huge land registration scam running into several hundred crores, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday ordered the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General to form special squads and conduct raids across the 141 Sub-Registrar offices in the State to unearth various misdeeds in the land transactions. He has instructed the ACB officials to seize all those registered documents from the offices which have not been uploaded into the system. Chief Minister pointed out around 20 to 25 per cent of the land registrations are not being uploaded by the Sub-Registrars, which give rise to suspicion of illegalities. Mr Rao had held a highlevel review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan on Tuesday and in the meeting he himself read out various provisions in both State and Central Acts concerning the Registration Department and the power enshrined in the Sub-Registrars, including discretionary powers. Chief Minister announced immediate removal of Section 41 (A) of the Stamps and Registration Act which give powers to the SubRegistrar to reduce the land registration value from what Government had notified as its value.