Mohali tehsildar accused of demanding bribe

A tehsildar of Mohali district has been accused of demanding a bribe to decide a case of mutation of land in Dardi village. However,Tehsildar Shiv Kumar has categorically denied the charge as “baseless” and termed it as a “pressure tactic to get the disputed work executed”.

Written by Express News Service | Mohali | Published: March 26, 2009 1:28 am

* Dispute over mutation of prime land
* Official denies charge as baseless

A tehsildar of Mohali district has been accused of demanding a bribe to decide a case of mutation of land in Dardi village. However,Tehsildar Shiv Kumar has categorically denied the charge as “baseless” and termed it as a “pressure tactic to get the disputed work executed”.

In a written complaint,supported by a duly sworn affidavit,to Punjab Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Romila Dubey,Kharar resident Pawan Kumar has submitted that a piece of custodian land measuring 7 kanal 2 marla was allotted to one Joginder Singh of Milk Colony in Dhanas vide an open auction held on August 28,1972,for Rs 200.

After the death of Singh,his legal heirs had moved an application before the Kharar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) on February 9,2006,for sanctioning of mutation of the said land in their favour.

Following the formation of Mohali district in August 2006,the case was transferred to the Mohali SDM,who marked it to the Mohali tehsildar. Kumar used to appear before the tehsildar on behalf of the applicants as their general power of attorney.

Now,Kumar has alleged that the tehsildar was delaying the matter and when asked to explain why the official called him to his house in Chandigarh. “There,he demanded Rs 10 lakh to pass an order in our favour. When I refused,the tehsildar remanded the case back to the SDM,” alleged Kumar.

In his report to the SDM,the tehsildar pointed out that the same land was allotted to one Nirmal Singh of Dardi village in an open auction on December 31,1991,for Rs 79,500,following which the case stands disputed.

In an order issued on December 4,2008,the Mohali SDM directed to mutate the said land in favour of Joginder Singh while rejecting the claim of Nirmal Singh,who the SDM said,had not deposited a full payment of the land and was not even issued a sale letter. Kumar alleged that despite the clear order in his favour,the land was not yet mutated in favour of Joginder Singh’s successors as he had not paid “money” for the job.

Strongly refuting the allegations,Tehsildar Shiv Kumar said his circle of jurisdiction had changed following which he was not involved with the case. “Rather,the complainant resorted to several tactics to influence me to extend him undue favour,failing which he has levelled these false allegations against me,” asserted the tehsildar.

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