Tarn Taran, November 25
Six persons, including a local scribe, has been booked for fraud worth Rs 1.07 lakh in a land related deal.
The accused have been identified as scribe Baldev Singh Pannun, Surjit Singh of Piddi village, Manjit Kaur, Amarjit Kaur, Kiranjit Kaur and Devinder Singh of Karnal (Haryana).
The dispute arose regarding the distribution of Rs1.61 crore compensation released by the state government against acquiring the land of the old Roadways workshop situated at the prime land in the heart of Tarn Taran town.
Three sisters — Manjit Kaur, Amarjit Kaur and Kiranjit Kaur — were the proprietor of this land.
The state government had acquired the land to establish a multi-storey complex at the site, for which all formalities had been cleared.
The three sisters struck a deal with Surjit Singh (nominated as accused), Dr Jatinderpal Singh and Jaimal Singh on the term that they would return the amount sent to them by the government released as compensation, as they had not competed the final registry formality to their name. They had received the price of the land already through cheques.
About four years ago, the compensation was released and the sisters returned the amount through cheques to the three partners — Surjit Singh, Jaimal Singh and Dr Jatnderpal Singh. They had given the rights of all kinds of dealing to Surjit, who in the distribution of the amount of Rs1.61 crore embezzled a big part of the amount. He deposited Rs54 lakh, his share, in his account and embezzled the rest of the amount, which was to be given to Jatinderpal and Jaimal, in connivance with others. Dr Jatinderpal was given just Rs20 lakh and Jaimal Rs10 lakh.
It took more than four years for Dr Jatinderpal and Jaimal to bring the accused to book as they also complained to the higher police officials against the local police officers who denied justice to them. They said they were not even dealing with their complaints. The accused are still at large, the police said.
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