ACB books former Naib Tehsildar, Patwari among others for illegal mutation

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JAMMU: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked a former Naib Tehsildar, former Patwari and others for illegal mutation of land records.
As per an official spokesman, ACB registered a case against Tarsem Lal, then Naib Tehsildar Bishnah, Dev Raj then Patwari and others for illegal mutation of land records. The case was registered by ACB following a verification conducted on basis of a complaint that Manohar Lal, then Patwari Bishnah has committed forgery and prepared fictitious Form No. 5 for resumption of land from his father, under Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976 in favour of ex-landlord, Chaman Lal, son of Munshi Ram, resident of Bishnah. The complainant further alleged that forged form was presented in Tehsil Office after 8 years and entry was made in the register, due to which litigation has cropped between him and ex-landlord, the spokesman added.
The verification conducted revealed that land bearing Khasra No. 7 (2 Kanal & 4 Marla), 14 (2 Kanal & 5 Marla), 116 (1 Kanal 13 Marla) and 199 (5 Kanal & 3 Marla), total measuring 11 Kanal 5 Marla was vested upon Dhanna, son of Khazana under Section 8 of J&K Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976 vide mutation No. 804 dated February 27, 1991. Later, the Ex-landlord Chaman Lal, son of Munshi Ram resident of Bishnah applied for resumption of land under Section 7 of Agrarian Reforms Act and filed an appeal before the then ADC Jammu vide order dated June 12, 1999. The then ADC Jammu cancelled mutation No. 804 and case was remanded to Tehsildar Bishnah for enquiry. Verification further revealed that in reference to Form No. 5 under the provisions of Section 7 of the Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976, Mutation No. 1168 dated October 18, 2000 was attested by Collector (ACR Jammu) in favour of Chaman Lal (ex-owner) to the extent of land measuring 05 Kanal and 12 ½ Marla. Thereafter, the order of ACR Jammu was challenged by Dhanna before Director Land Records with powers of Commissioner Agrarian Reforms, who vide his order dated May 12, 2001 in reference of a compromise deed, which was executed between Dhanna and Chaman Lal, whereby land measuring 4 Kanals & 5 Marla was agreed and resumed by ex-landlord Chaman Lal and land measuring 07 Kanal was accepted by Dhanna, he added.
During verification, it came to fore that the ex-landlord Chaman Lal son of Munshi Ram, his son namely Rajinder Sharma and Rekha Sharma wife of Rajinder Sharma in league with revenue officials posted on different occasions namely 1) Manohar Lal, then Patwari (now expired), 2) Bashir Ahmed then Naib Tehsildar Bishnah (now expired), 3) Dev Raj, then Patwari, now Girdawar presently posted at DC Office Samba, 4) Tarsem Lal, then Naib Tehsildar Bishnah managed to alienate land resumed u/s 7 of the Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976 illegally as the above named revenue officers/officials, by abuse of their official positions, issued Fard-e-Intikhabs of the land illegally and dishonestly by concealing the facts as well as tempering record, thus conferred benefits upon them, as land resumed under Section 7 of Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976 is barred from sale and no such Form No. 5 was found available in office of Tehsildar Bishnah. The aforementioned acts of omission and commission on the part of Dev Raj, son of Faqir Chand, resident of Khara Madana near Forest Check Post Bari Brahamana, Samba, then Patwari; now Girdawar presently posted at DC Office Samba, 2) Tarsem Lal son of Beeru Ram resident of Kaluchak near Ajay Shopping Complex Jammu at present HQA in DC office Samba, then Naib Tehsildar Bishnah, beneficiaries namely Chaman Lal, son of Munshi Ram, his son Rajinder Sharma and Rekha Sharma wife of Rajinder Sharma and others constitute offences punishable under Sections 5(1)(d) read with 5(2) of J&K PC Act. Svt. 2006 & Sections 120-B, 467, 468 & 471 of RPC. Consequently, a case vide FIR No. 22/2020 was registered at Police Station ACB Jammu, he said, adding that further investigation of case is going on.

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