Panel to probe the benami land is barely a day old, but more benami land deal are surfacing in the State continuously. TribuneIndia has reported that the State Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau has busted a benami land deal in Kullu involving a Delhi-based businessman, the then tehsildar, a patwari and a resident of Kullu. The benami land owner made “a forged entry in the will”, availed the agriculture certificate and bought 22 bighas of prime land in Kasauli, violating Section 118, HP Land Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, investigation revealed.
The main accused in the deal included Rajinderpal, the land owner from Delhi, Thakurdas, a local who helped him in the deal, and then tehsildar RB Thapa and patwari Suresh Chand. The vigilance has registered a case on October 28, 2009, under Sections 420, 120 B, IPC and Section 13(2), Prevention of Corruption Act against them. The vigilance arrested all four accused. The vigilance has completed the investigation and is likely to put up challan in the court of the Special Judge, Kullu.