BALASORE: The Crime Branch of police has arrested three retired government employees, including a former sub-registrar, in connection with irregularities during registration of land seven years ago.
The accused, identified as former sub-registrar Ganesh Chandra Das, senior clerk Bijay Kumar Tarei and head clerk Sk Kalim, were produced in a court on Saturday. They were remanded in judicial custody. Sources said they had illegally registered at least 52 sale deeds by tampering with dates and violating government guidelines which had cost the state exchequer at least Rs 26 lakh.
Crime Branch DSP Rabindranath Mohapatra said these officials in connivance with some influential people of a minority community had registered sale deeds in back dates without inviting no objections.. The irregularities came to the fore in 2005 when a few influential people sold a patch of nearly 4.41 acres near Christian High School here at a throwaway price. The land belonged to a minority community society.