Thursday, March 1, 2012

Officials held for property fraud - Hindustan Times

A prime property in posh Greater Kailash-1 in south Delhi worth crores of rupees was sold by illegally tampering with papers of another property located in north Delhi’s Malka Ganj. The actual owner of the GK-I property, who lives in the USA, came to know of the fraud when the buyers came
to the house to take possession. The fraud was perpetrated in connivance with revenue department officials, an inquiry has revealed.
The revenue department has suspended the Kashmiri Gate sub-registrar and the record keeper. A police complaint has also been lodged and they have been arrested.
The GK property, N-128, belongs to Ram Avtaar Aggarwal. One Purshottam Oak sold it to Raj Singh Malik by forging the sale deed documents of a property in Malka Ganj.
Using the same forged documents, Raj Singh Malik had sold the property to a private developer whose papers had been registered at the Mehrauli sub-registrar office.
The genuine documents of the Malka Ganj property were tampered with by inserting the name and address of the GK I property in connivance of the revenue department officials.
The matter came to light when the person who had purchased the property went to GK I to take possession of the house.
“No one would have noticed that the papers were forged. All entries regarding the property had been done as per law. They had got hold of genuine sale deeds of a Malka Ganj property, which had been duly registered in the Kashmiri Gate sub-registrar office. When the property was being re-sold, the Mehrauli verified the documents to establish the trail from the Kashmiri Gate office and as all papers were in place, it registered it,” said a senior Delhi government official.
The legitimate owner then approached the Delhi government.
“When we scrutinised the document, we found out that the GK-I property owner had not sold the property to anyone. Rather, Raj Singh Malik had forged the documents with an intention of selling the property,” added the official.
“We have taken stern action and have suspended the officers. This will act as a deterrent for other officers too,” said Vijay Dev, Secretary (revenue), Delhi government.
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