PALAMPUR: Hundreds of sales deeds of commercial and agriculture lands in Palampur were being registered at â€œunder valueâ€ price by the local revenue authoritiesÂ causing loss in lakh to the state exchequer daily.Â This fact had come into light with the arrest of two property dealers by the local police last week.
Reliable sources informed thatÂ at present the rate of land in Palampur is over rupeesÂ eight to ten lakh per kanal , however, the sales deeds for such lands were being registeredÂ at the rate of rupees two to three lakh per kanal causingÂ huge loss of stamp duty to the state government. Recently the police had arrested two property dealers of the town who disclosed these facts to the police during interrogation.
The prices of lands in past few years had touched new highÂ in Palampur town and its adjoining areas.Â Number of rich persons of the town had purchased large pieces land on throw awayÂ prices and nowÂ selling it on high rates.Â The stamp duty rates which were earlier twelve percent now had been reduced toÂ eight percent by the state government, still there was large scale pilferage in stamp duty. The revenue authorities were well conversant with the situation but no efforts were made toÂ initiate any action against the culprits.
Enquiries revealed thatÂ this racket was flourishingÂ in Palampur with the active connivance of the local revenue authorities who were registering the sale deeds daily without looking into the factual position..Â It is also learntÂ thatÂ no enquiry was conducted by the revenue authorities before the registration of sale deeds. Whatever patwari recommends the tehsildar put its seal on it. There were half dozen middlemen who play active role in the registration of sale deeds with their proximity with theÂ revenue authorities.
It was also revealed thatÂ most of the sale deeds were registered on the power of attorney obtained from the owner by the middlemen, whereas the real owners rarely come to the tehsil.
Number of social organizations of the town had urged the Chief Minister, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal toÂ order high level probe into this scam so that culprits could be brought to book.