Published On : Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015

RTI activist exposes ‘frauds’, demands action against Collector of Stamps/Sub-Registrar

stamp-duty-frauds-nagpurNagpur: A simple but serious RTI query and a letter of complaint awfully exposed corruption and malpractices rampant in the office of Collector of Stamps/Sub-Registrar, Nagpur. Subsequently, the complainant has requested the concerned higher authorities to stop all project registries and to initiate action against the Collector of Stamps /Sub-Registrar, Nagpur for alleged fraud and causing huge loss to the Government exchequer.

A complaint letter sent to Dr Shrikar Pardesi (IAS), Inspector General of Registration and Controller of Stamps, Pune, by Kamlesh Shantilal Shah, an RTI activist of TRAP Group, Nagpur, has given the account of corruption and fraudulent practices prevailing in office of Collector of Stamps/Sub-Registrar, Nagpur. The RTI activist has requested Dr Pardesi to go through deep into his complaint letter dated 19.03.2015 given to S. N. Dutonde, the Deputy IGR, Nagpur office and issue directive for an immediate stoppage of any further registries. Shah has further demanded scrapping of all the previous registries done without correction deed of land use and initiation of proper, time bound investigation against the builder in connivance with the erring officials/people for misconduct and corrupt practices.

The complaint letter of Shah is based on a Government Resolution (GR) dated July 20, 2007 that barred permission for mixed use in industrial zone. However, the office of Collector of Stamps/Sub-Registrar, Nagpur, apparently overlooked the GR and indulged in fraudulent practices and thereby dented the Government coffers in crores, stated the letter.

“This is a serious matter, involving revenue loss to the Government in the form of stamp duty in crores and hence I urge upon the concerned officials to give due priority to this matter and order an inquiry in a time bound manner against the builder and the concerned erring officers and ensure that henceforth no any revenue loss be caused to the government,” demanded the letter of Shaha sent to Dr Shrikar Pardesi, Inspector General of Registration and Controller of Stamps, Pune.

The RTI activist has also requested copy of action taken report along with file noting and the note-sheets be sent to him.

Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha ( )