The Central Crime Branch (CCB) discovered a land scam running into crores of rupees and arrested seven persons in this connection. The arrested are Naseem alias Tanveer Ahmed, 46, Hyder Ali Khan, 36, Inayuthaullah Sharief, 42, Afzal Pasha, 42, Venkateshappa, 78, and Rajagopal, 53.
CCB officials said in 1995-96, Tanveer Ahmed, a land owner and real estate developer, bought 15 acres of land on seven survey numbers in Devanahalli, Dasarahalli and Embarahalli in the name of two societies -the Bangalore Advocates’ Cooperative Society and B&A Class Vendors’ Society.
In 2011, he filed an application with then Bengaluru Rural deputy commissioner for conversion of land.
Two of the arrested, Inayath and Afzal Pasha, learnt about the application and after paying some money to lower-rung officers, accessed the property documents. They also got some documents from the sub-registrar’s officer in Devanahalli.
The accused had in their possession fake stamps, seals and stamp paper.
Using these and forging the signature of the DC and property owner Tanveer Ahmed, they prepared documents to show the original property was sold to another of the accused, Hyder Ali. Naseem took advantage of the fact that he was also called Tanveer Ahmed, which gave him easy access to many documents.
The gang then began selling each of the seven properties to different persons, using different methods. The accused even made out a fake death certificate for Tanveer Ahmed, the original land owner. Tanveer learnt of the scam by accident. Admitted to hospital recently, a friend looked in on him and they got chatting. It was his friend who told him about a piece of land for sale. Tanveer questioned him and realized it was his own land. He approached the CCB and filed a complaint.
CCB officials began investigations by talking to a staffer at the sub-registrar’s office. They focused on criminals in RT Nagar area as the complainant was also from the locality.
They also realized that cases with similar modus operandi had been registered in Hyderabad, RT Nagar and Devanahalli. They zeroed in on the accused, who spilt the beans after being questioned.