Pat­wari al­tered land records, fa­cil­i­tated land sale in Asola: CBI

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: A ju­nior rev­enue of­fi­cial, a ‘pat­wari’ or land record keeper, man­aged to fully grasp the po­ten­tial of his mod­est of­fice to al­ter records re­lat­ing to gram sabha (vil­lage com­mon) land to spawn a scam that al­lowed him and his co-con­spir­a­tor to skim off crores in Asola in south Delhi.

Ac­cord­ing to an FIR filed by the CBI, In­der­jeet, a pat­wari, fa­cil­i­tated tam­per­ing of records per­tain­ing to around 25 bighas of land in con­nivance with one Ma­hesh.

Apart from this 25 bighas, the CBI is prob­ing trans­fer of around 97 bighas of prime gov­ern­ment land in Asola to pri­vate per­sons. The to­tal 122 bighas would be worth Rs 600 crore at cur­rent mar­ket prices. A part of these trans­fers were linked to In­der­jeet though all the changes took place dur­ing his ten­ure.

In one of the FIRs reg­is­tered to probe trans­fer of 25 bighas to Ma­hesh, the CBI claimed the “khasra gir­dawari” in­spec­tion re­port by rev­enue of­fi­cers to ver­ify land own­er­ship and use and other re­ports were pre­pared in favour of Ma­hesh, who later sold 10 bighas out of it to one Ra­man Mehra.

An en­quiry showed that tam­per­ing in the land records per­tain­ing to gram sabha land in Asola was done af­ter Jan­uary 30, 2014 and be­fore to April 24, 2015.

Af­ter al­ter­ing the records, a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate was is­sued by In­der­jeet and sale deed reg­is­tered. Sub­se­quently, mu­ta­tion was done in favour of Mehra who made the pur­chase from Ma­hesh. The process al­lowed Mehra to be­come a bhu­mi­daar (land owner) in place of the gram sabha with­out due process as per Delhi land rev­enue rules, 1962.

In its en­quiry re­port, the ad­di­tional district mag­is­trate (east) said, “It seems true that the said tam­per­ing was done dur­ing the ten­ure of In­der­jeet pat­wari and hence he may be held re­spon­si­ble for the con­spir­acy be­hind the said tam­per­ing.”

The CBI FIR sug­gested that In­der­jeet tried to blame his as­sis­tants claim­ing that NoC and other re­ports were pre­pared by them even though he ad­mit­ted they were not au­tho­rised to make a re­port or en­tries.

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