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CBI shocked by clean chit to official

Friday, 9 November 2012 - 12:57pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

RTI activist had alleged that the sub-registrar had registered land deals without verification.

Prior to his murder, RTI activist Satish Shetty had filed a case in 2009 against the then sub-registrar of Maval Ashwini Kshirsagar for allegedly registering the sale deals of lands without proper verification. It was alleged that the uncultivable lands belonging to the government were sold by various persons by posing as owners. Kshirsagar registered such sale deals without proper verification of ownership and without even checking the 7/12 extracts (revenue records).

Sources in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said, “There are many loopholes in the investigations. We are shocked about the clean chit given to the sub-registrar. Few months ago, the Pune rural police submitted a report to the judicial magistrate (first class) seeking discharge of the sub-registrar, stating that although there had been irregularities, she had  rectified her mistakes before Shetty filed his complaint. Intrigued over the stand of Pune rural police in that case, the CBI is looking into all the possibilities of the murder case.

As per Shetty’s findings, the case mentioned that the police had said the 7/12 extracts of the lands which were transferred had the words “Akari Pad” in the occupant’s column which indicated that the lands belonged to the government. Ashwini should have verified the 7/12 extracts (revenue records) and should have refused to register the sale deals. Selling the government land amounted to a fraud and by registering the sale without verification of revenue records, the applicant had committed an offence. It is a principle of law that entries in revenue records (7/12 extracts in case of agricultural lands and property register cards in case of urban lands) are made for fiscal purposes. In this case, recently, the Pune rural police have submitted a report to the court of judicial magistrate (first class) Wadgaon Maval claiming that the offence had taken place but Kshirsagar was unaware of such mistakes and she corrected them later. The complaint was registered late. Hence, Ashwini did not commit any cheating, forgery or breach of trust.

The Pune rural superintendent of police Manojkumar Lohiya said, “We have submitted a C summary report to the court. The decision is yet to be taken.”

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