NHAI land acquisition: 2 revenue officials, 3 ‘fake beneficiaries’ booked

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |

Published: November 12, 2019 1:46:11 am


Sub-inspector Richa, SHO, division no. 5 police station, said the accused were booked under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of IPC.

THE LUDHIANA deputy commissioner on Sunday said a case of fraud related to ‘fake’ beneficiaries getting compensated for land acquired by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at Samrala and Ghulal village for a project has been unearthed in Ludhiana district.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pardeep Kumar Aggarwal said that an amount of Rs 1.23 crore was allegedly paid ‘fraudulently’ to fake beneficiaries and another sum of Rs 1.11 crore was about to be released, but was stopped in time when the matter came to the notice of Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Ludhiana west) cum Land Acquisition Officer Amarinder Singh Malhi.

On the basis of a complaint filed by Malhi, police lodged an FIR against five persons — revenue officials (patwaris) identified as Rakesh Kumar and Dharminder Singh, and three ‘fake’ beneficiaries who were given compensation even though they did not own any land, Vinay Kumar, Anil Kumar and Rajesh Kumar.

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Sub-inspector Richa, SHO, division no. 5 police station, said the accused were booked under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of IPC. DC Aggarwal said proceedings had been initiated to suspend both revenue officials.

The fraud

DC Aggarwal said it had come to the notice of SDM Malhi that when the land was acquired by NHAI at Samrala and Ghulal village, the names of Anil Kumar, Vinay Kumar and Rajesh Kumar were “fraudulently” added to the list of beneficiaries through false entries in the assessment register and e-rolls. The three did not own any of the land acquired in the mentioned villages. However, they were fraudulently made “owners” by making false entries and had even received compensation.

He further said that after the record of awards was passed, compensation given and land mutation (jamabandi) was summoned through the patwaris concerned, the documents were thoroughly checked and it was found that payments of Rs 51.74 lakh and Rs 71.96 lakh had been made to Anil Kumar even though he owned no land.

Similarly, payment of Rs 1.04 crore to Vinay Kumar and Rs 7.99 lakh to Rajesh Kumar was set to be made.

The DC said that false entries were made in the assessment register and e-rolls had signatures of patwaris, kanugo and tehsildar, on the basis of which payments were to be made, adding that it is suspected that this fraud was committed in connivance with revenue department as well as NHAI officials. Police said more names could be nominated to the FIR as the probe progresses.

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