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Complainants move HC in Manesar stamp duty case

January 11, 2019 06:34 AM

COURTESY HT JAN 11

Dhananjay Jha dhananjay.jha@hindustantimes.com ■
Complainants move HC in Manesar stamp duty case
CASE AGAINST 14 REVENUE OFFICIALS FOR ALLEGEDLY EXEMPTING BUILDERS FROM THE PAYMENT OF THE MANDATORY 2% STAMP DUTY

GURUGRAM : Complainants in the Manesar stamp duty case moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday against the order of a sessions court, which, on December 14, had quashed the order of a lower court directing the police to file an FIR against 28 people accused in the case.

On the direction of the local court, the Gurugram police on December 5 had registered a first information report (FIR) against 14 revenue officials for allegedly exempting builders from the payment of the mandatory 2% stamp duty.

The police had also registered an FIR against 14 developers on the direction of the lower court, which heard the case on December 1.

The lower court had sought a compliance report from the police by December 19.

Meanwhile, the lower court’s order was challenged in a sessions court, which, in turn, quashed it.

However, the session court’s order did not affect the FIR against the 28 accused.

Rajesh Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Manesar, said, “We have not received any court order in this regard that can affect the FIR under which the investigation is on.”

However, the complainants said they were unhappy with session court’s order and the police said that no progress has been made in the FIR investigation since December 5.

Ramesh Yadav, one of the complainants, said, “It has been a month since the police registered the FIRs against the 28 people involved in the stamp duty scam, but so far there has been no arrest at all. We have also learnt that the persons whose names have surfaced in the case are trying to persuade the police to get the FIRs quashed form the High Court. This will fail our efforts to expose the culprits who have caused a huge revenue loss to the government. We have filed a petition in the High Court.”

Yadav said that the accused builders were allegedly exempted from paying additional stamp duty during the registry of lands/plots in Sihi village, in sectors 81-84 along the Dwarka Expressway in 2009 - 2013.

During land registries, an entity has to pay 5%(of the total value of the land as per the prevalent circle rate in the area) stamp duty in the district. But, within Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) limits, one has to pay an additional 2% stamp duty.

According to complainant, although Sihi village was brought under the MCG in 2009, the revenue officials did not charge builders the additional 2% stamp duty, as per the norms, in as many as 53 registries of land in Sihi village

 
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