CM or­ders ACB to raid all reg­is­tra­tion of­fices

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

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.

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