Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tehsildar Patwari others booked by CB in land scam

The Crime Branch of State Police has booked the then Tehsildar, Patwari and some private persons in connection with a major land scandal.

On the basis of a complaint, the Crime Branch Jammu has registered a case under Section 420, 467, 471, 120-B RPC red with 5(2) PC Acxt Svt 2006 against Daya Singh, the then Tehsildar Settlement and Darshan Lal Patwari, Tara Chand, Sardari Lal, Sant Ram, sons of Kesar, Ratan Singh, Raghuvir Singh, Haqiqat Singh, Joginder Singh, Surjeet Singh, sons of Shanker Singh, Vikram Singh and Waryam Singh, sons of Ghasitoo, all residents of Nandni in tehsil Jammu, for changing thr ownership rights of complainants over the major chunk of land measuring 153 kanal and eight marlas.

Giving brief facts of the case, an official spokesman said that a written complaint was forwarded by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Jammu to the Crime Branch wherein the complainants, Sukhdev Singh and others had alleged that Dhan Devi, daughter of Amar Singh was the owner of land comprising Khasra Nos. 32, 32 min, 38, 39, 59, 107, 108, 109, 109 min and 153, measuring 243 kanal and 8 marla, situated at Nandni, in tehsil and district Jammu. After her death, her estate developed upon her son Sukhdev Singh and one Lakhan Singh. Lakhan Singh also expired after some time and his estate developed upon complainant Prem Singh and his four brothers, mother and sisters in equal share. Prem Singh, his mother and sisters had appointed Bharat Singh as attorney to look after and protect their interests.

One Daya Singh, the then Tehsildar Settlement Jammu and Patwari Darshan Lal entered into a criminal conspiracy with the accused and by sheer abuse of their official position attested mutation No. 61 dated 20-3-1095, changing the ownership rights of complainant over 153 kanal and 8 marlas of land and conferred the ownership rights upon the accused persons mentioned in the complaint. They even allegedly tampered the record for monetary gain and further attested mutation No. 111 dated 26-8-1998 with respect to land measuring 32 kanal in Khasra No. 32. The said mutation was attested by invoking section 121of the Land Revenue Act even when there was no settlement going on in village Nandni. Similalry 44 kanals 8 marlas of land in Khasra Nos 107, 108, 109 and 153 and 9 kanals of land in Khasra No. 109 was illegally mutated by invoking Section 121 of the Land Revenue Act.

On the receipt of the complain an inquiry initiated by Crime Branch found that these Revenue officials by misusing their position changed the nature of land from Gair Mumkin Choi to Warhal Awal in the revenue record with intention to give undue benefit to the accused persons. 

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