Land scam comes to light in Bangalore suburbs
May 06, 2014
Source : The Times of India


BANGALORE: Have you registered a site or building on revenue land in Bangalore’s outskirts in the past year or so? Just ensure the documents are authentic.

In a land-registration racket that has come to light, fraudulent transactions using fake assessment register extract (Form 9) and tax demand register extract (Form 11) to register properties have been going in many gram panchayats on Bangalore’s periphery.

Sources point to an alleged nexus between real estate agents and revenue department officials.

“We’ve written to sub-registrar offices to thoroughly verify Forms 9 and 11 before registering any property, after we received complaints,” said rural development and panchayat raj principal secretary TM Vijaya Bhaskar.

Sources said at least 5,000 properties were registered in Bangalore with fake forms. This began after the rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR) department, in its January 4, 2013, circular directed gram panchayats to restrict distribution of Forms 9 and 11 to genuine property buyers. These two extracts are mandatorily sought by sub-registrars, among other documents, for registration of new and old residential sites.

The circular was issued to prevent the mushrooming of illegal layouts and prohibit panchayats from sanctioning building and layout plans in violation of land revenue laws. The department found that fake tax extracts were submitted during this period by different panchayats under the same registered numbers.

Smelling a rat, the RDPR department ordered criminal proceedings against those who submitted fake forms.

“Lakhs of rupees have been wrung out of the exchequer through fraudulent transactions in which employees of revenue and panchayat raj offices were involved. The racket came to light after the RDPR was alerted about such deals,” said a senior official instrumental in unearthing the scam.

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