The Mohali police has registered a case of cheating,forgery and criminal conspiracy in the Rs 700 crore land grab case of Peer Muchalla village. This follows a letter by the Dera Bassi SDM Inderjit Kaur Kang to the Mohali police to register a case
The case of cheating,forgery and criminal conspiracy has been registered against Shivdayal,son of Baburam,and other unidentified persons. It is in Shivdayals name that 70 acres of forest land has been shown transferred in the tampered jamabandis. Kang is the complainant in the case.
According to SSP Mohali Gurpreet Singh Bhullar,the case has been registered under Sections 420,465,467,471,120 B of IPC. As the investigation proceeds,names of others,including government officials,if any,involved in the case will be added to the FIR,the SSP further said.
According to initial inquiry conducted by the district revenue officer Mohali,land records,including 10 jamabandis (mutation registers) dating back to 1952,have been blatantly tampered with. Pages showing the state forest department to be in possession of the land have allegedly been torn and replaced with pages in the name of a private individual,declaring him to be owner of the land.
The DRO Mohali,Rohit Gupta,reported that the entire exercise of change of ownership was done in a systematic and planned manner between 2010 and 2013 to benefit one person named Shivdayal. The role played by the village patwari and qanungo(clerk) in the tampering of the land records is clearly made out.
In the jamabandi dating back to 1952-53 the new pages inserted were chosen carefully to look like old yellowing pages. But the ink used to write on the new pages was darker. Each of these pages were counter signed by a qanungo,but these are all allegedly forged. Also the handwriting on the inserted pages did not match the handwriting of the earlier pages. The stitching of the whole jamabandi was opened to insert these fresh papers and then restitched. In the later jamabandi also the land grabbers have missed out on correct serial order of the pages leading to overwriting and cutting on all pages.