Rs 25 Cr Stamp Duty Evasion: Tehsildar Suspended

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SRINAGAR: In-charge Tehsildar North, Srinagar was placed under suspension today pending formal enquiry in the mutation case involving land measuring 1787 kanals worth crores of rupees.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir  Shailendra Kumar has constituted a 3-member inquiry committee to look into the involvement of in-charge Tehsildar North, Srinagar Mohammad Bashir Rather for passing orders on mutations on Hiba Zabani in respect of 1787 kanals 07 Marlas 226 Sfts of land and thereby resulting loss of Rs. 18.87 crore to the Government exchequer on account of stamp duty.

Commissioner, Survey and Land Records, J&K will head the inquiry panel, whereas Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Mr. G.M. Dar and Deputy Commissioner, Stamps, Commercial Taxes Department, Kashmir will be the members of the panel.

The terms of reference of the Committee for conducting the enquiry shall be the material facts as are contained in the communication from the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar dated 14thOctober, 2013. The enquiry shall be completed within one month. The panel shall give its recommendations besides the instant case about the extent, gravity, financial losses to the State, violation of rules to evade taxes, rectification of records in the State and punishment etc.

Meanwhile, the concerned in-charge Tehsildar has been placed under suspension pending formal enquiry in the matter.

Kumar said that FIR can also be registered only after the final enquiry report is submitted before the government. “Yes we will surely direct for registration of FIR only after the final enquiry report is submitted to us,” Kumar stressed.

Sources in revenue department said many heads will roll after a detailed enquiry is over. “This is not an isolated case but these frauds occur almost in every tehsil of the state. I think if the full-fledged enquiry is ordered, many heads will have to roll for stamp duty embezzlements,” a senior officer in revenue department told KNS pleading anonymity.

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