HYDERABAD: Taking a serious view of the Kukatpally land registration scam wherein 796 acres of government land was registered to private persons by the Kukatpally sub-registrar (Medchal district), chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday instructed the state police to crack the whip on the registration offices.
“Conduct raids on 141 registration offices across the state on Wednesday, seize the documents which are not uploaded,” Rao directed the police after reviewing the scam and its implications. Subsequently, the police department formed flying squads which would raid the registration offices on Wednesday morning. Police were asked to take immediate action against any irregularities.
Rao took the decision following specific information that all the benami transactions were not being uploaded by officials in collusion with those registering the documents.
Rao also ordered a CID probe into the Kukatpally land scam and asked ACB officials to keep a close watch on activities at sub-registrar’s offices across the state.
The chief minister wanted the officials concerned to take stringent measures to prevent corruption and illegal activities in the registrations department and prepare tough guidelines, if necessary.
He observed that the government lands were registered in the name of private persons but not a single acre of land was in the possession of those persons.
“Some persons got government lands registered as per convenience for obtaining bank loans with the help of some government officials,” he said, adding that the illegal registration was cancelled when it came to the government’s notice on May 25.
29 sub-registrars shifted
Late in the night after chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wanted transfer of sub-registrars working at one place for long periods, the stamps and registration department issued orders transferring 29 sub-registrars across the state.