Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CBI registers 2 cases in Rs 600 cr land scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two separate cases relating to a Rs 600-crore land scam in south Delhi’s upmarket Saket area. The cases pertain to alleged tampering of revenue records of a gram sabha land and the frequent transferring of at least 30 acres of prime government property worth over Rs 600 crore to private individuals in connivance with state revenue department officials.

The scam was unearthed when the government’s annual property survey in 2016 revealed that plot (khasra) number 1354 — a two-acre land in Asola worth over Rs 40 crore — was transferred and sold for just Rs 2 crore in 2015.


The case has been registered on a complaint of then sub-divisional magistrate (Saket) Ankita Chakravarty, who alleged that there was a criminal conspiracy to sell prime property owned by the gram sabha by tampering revenue records. She has alleged the involvement of the ‘patwari’ posted in the area and private persons in the complaint.

During an internal enquiry by Chakravarty, it was found that “the entry appears were fabricated and that it has been inserted by Inderjeet, the patwari, who was in charge of Asola village, in connivance with Mahesh.”

“The analysis of facts reveal that the tampering was done after January 30, 2014 and prior to April 24, 2015,” the enquiry report stated.

Further, it was found that Inderjeet made all documents in favour of Rama Mehra through a sale deed of 10 bigha of gram sabha land. Since Mahesh is the main beneficiary and he had received Rs 1.40 crore from Rama Mehra by selling 10 bigha gram sabha land, he is also responsible for the conspiracy of the tampering.

The scam, which was uncovered over the past one year, led Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to forward the complaint to CBI to register a case.

During enquiry, the land in each case belonged to the gram sabha and came under the Delhi government and it was transferred using “non-existent” court orders.

The cases
The scam was unearthed when the government’s annual property survey in 2016 revealed that plot (khasra) number 1354 — a two-acre land in Asola worth over Rs 40 crore — was transferred and sold for just Rs 2 crore in 2015

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