NOIDA: From now on, cases of forgery related to registration of land and property in Gautam Budh Nagar can be resolved at the department of stamps and registration in Noida. Earlier, complainants had to move various courts to adjudicate these matters, which often stretched on for several years owing to pendency of cases.
The department has been empowered to handle these cases through a recent UP government order. Officials in Noida said that those finding errors in registration of properties can make their complaints directly to the stamps department. It would also help reduce the burden of land and property-related litigations from courts, said officials.
Officials said the order would be of great relief to those who have invested in properties in the region, particularly because numbers of fraudulent property deals have been on the rise in Noida and Greater Noida in the recent past. "The matter can be resolved in our department itself. One would not have to make multiple rounds of courts to rectify faults," said SK Singh, AIG (Stamps), Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to the guidelines contained in the order, the stamps department would be fully empowered to declare a registration as 'null and void' if it is found to be incorrect in records available with it.
The department has also been empowered to register FIRs with the police in accordance with the order, if required in the case.
Explaining the procedure to be adopted for adjudicating these cases at the district level, officials said an index would be drawn up after receipt of complaints from property owners. Notices would be issued to parties and witnesses in individual cases thereafter.
The order gives the department the right to declare a registration as 'null and void' after two notices within a couple of months if respondents fail to turn up. "The decisions will be taken based upon documents available with the sub-registrar or with the land revenue department," said Singh.