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Probe into fresh Bokaro land scam

Bokaro deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar has constituted a three-member team to probe into allegations that a well-known builder and developer has acquired gair majrua (government-owned) land in the name of raiyati (private) land in Bokaro district.

The team, led by Chas SDO Sanjay Kumar Singh and comprising deputy collector land records Sandip Kumar and Chas circle officer Nirmal Kumar Toppo, will also find out whether individuals were involved in transfer of the plots in question after the same were developed by Smart Homes.

Sources said that a few government officials, including former circle officer of Chas Anil Kumar and a few clerks, have also come under the scanner as they are believed to have branded the gair majrua land as raiyati before selling them to partners and shareholders of Smart Homes.The probe team has to submit the report within seven days.

According to sources, 36 decimals of gair majrua land has been acquired by Smart Homes at Karra village on Chas-Purulia Highway, Jaina More and Chas-Telgaria road. The company even produced records dating back to 1936 before the administration.

Speaking to The Telegraph, deputy commissioner Kumar said he was waiting for the inquiry report before taking action against the guilty. “The investigating officials have been asked to cross-check all documents with government records. This is because I have information that forged documents have been submitted to government offices and hence, the involvement of some officials cannot be totally ruled out,” he added.

Smart Homes authorities rubbished the allegations. Spokesperson Mukesh Bhartiya said the firm basically developed land that was later sold to individuals. “Smart Homes believes in ethics. It has committed no wrong and is ready to submit all required documents to the authorities concerned,” he added.