Thursday, July 30, 2009

NRI property: Vigilance to issue notices

As UT vigilance department has failed to arrest any of the four persons accused in the case pertaining to a fake deal with regard to
NRI Tara Singh’s property, the investigating agency has now decided to issue notices to all of them, asking them to join the probe.

Preliminary investigation suggested that England-based advocate JB Singh, who is running a firm named Chess International abroad, is the mastermind of the plot as the name of culprit Harnek Singh, who had forged the original general power of attorney of the NRI, was referred to complainant Tara Singh by JB Singh.

A VB official said Chess International had claimed it solved property disputes of NRIs in India and Tara Singh had approached JB Singh through an advertisement in England. A branch of the company is in Jalandhar and staff there was also questioned. Accused Harnek Singh was a munshi with a city-based lawyer and JB Singh, also an NRI, had advised the complainant that he appoint Harnek Singh as the holder of his general power of attorney (GPA).

However, the investigation has also established the negligence of the superintendent Sant Parkash and dealing assistant Virender Verma of the estate office and assistant estate officer (AEO) Ashwani Kumar. A senior vigilance official said Verma and superintendent Sant Parkash had overlooked the copy of original GPA stating Harnek Singh was entitled to sale and purchase of the property when assistant estate officer (AEO) Ashwani Kumar had passed a no-objection certificate (NOC) to Harnek Singh.

Questionable records

The official website of UT administration still shows accused Harnek Singh as 50% shareholder of Tara Singh’s property in Sector 20. A visit to estate office revealed that half of the share of the NRI’s property is registered in the name of Harnek, who is absconding.

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