Hoshiarpur: Mahilpur Patwari Jaspal Singh caught red handed taking bribe
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), on Wednesday, arrested a Patwari of Mahilpur subdivision in Hoshiarpur district for taking a bribe of Rs. 2,000 for the mutation of property.
Ranjit Singh resident of village Sakruli in Hoshiarpur district has lodged a complaint against the Patwari for taking bribe for registration of mutation of 06 Kanal and 05 Marla land on Anti-corruption Line on June 17, 2023. The accused Patwari has been identified as Jaspal Singh of Tehsil Mahilpur district Hoshiarpur, who is a resident of village Karimpur Chahwala Tehsil Balachaur, District SBS Nagar.
While divulging details of the case, official spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau informed that during the investigation it was revealed that the complainant Ranjit Singh’s father Gurnam Singh had bought land measuring 06 Kanal and 05 Marla at village Sakruli from another resident Jeet Ram mutabana (adoptee) Budhu s/o Bir Singh and the mutation was also got approved wide no. 3,236 dated July 20, 1998. He said that due to some error, the Revenue department was not able to update the same mutation in the Jamabandis prepared after 2002-03. In 2007, Gurnam Singh died and when the complainant Ranjit Singh applied for registration of the inheritance mutation, Patwari Jaspal Singh accepted a bribe of Rs. 2,000 from him on June 10, 2023.
The official spokesman added that during thorough investigation, it was proved that Patwari had taken a bribe following which an FIR was registered and accused Patwari was arrested.
An FIR no. 14 has been registered under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused Patwari and further investigations are underway. The arrested Patwari will be produced in the court on Thursday.
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