An RTI copy of the aerial survey of the specified lands conducted by the DDA reveals that the colonies are fake. A 2011 report by a DDA official also declared the colonies as fake and said that their names should be deleted from the purview of unauthorised colonies. Such interventions did bring about the cancellation of the provisional certificates for these colonies between 2011-12 but with no mechanism or will from the state authorities to redress the situation, the areas are still under the hold of the illegal land grabbers.
When Tehelka contacted BJP vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP, Prabhat Jha to comment on the issue, he said, “If the allegations are true then I don’t want to give any versions, I want you to go on with your reports.” However, when Bir Singh was contacted, he said, “The land belongs to us and our ancestors.”
A BJP leader on condition of anonymity alleged that “Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP MP from southeast Delhi, has been helping Braham Singh. He is the man who made his entry easy into the BJP from the BSP.
He is doing this in order to get a share of the land under question.” Ramesh is also a close relative of Braham Singh. But when contacted for corroboration, he has denied any proximity to Braham Singh, even when there are enough and more indications that the two have known each other for long a time.
When Braham Singh was contacted for his version, he said that the lands under question are his ‘personal property’, but the reports and documents procured over the period of this investigation tell a different tale.
The fact that there has been no substantial intervention in a scam of such proportions is telling of a system which gives almost ‘criminal’ privilege to its political representatives. Now, that such glaring evidences have been brought to the fore, it will have to be seen whether the government and its authorities are serious about reclaiming public spaces from the political land mafia. Another question to ask at this point is, whether the BJP will continue to protect its erring leaders or take responsibility for their criminal actions.
Where the dead come alive
How fake documents showing the dead as alive were produced to seal a real estate deal in New Delhi
In a bizarre development, the dead were brought to life to seal a real estate deal in New Delhi. Working in tandem with local officials, the real estate mafia has bought acres of land spread across three villages: Madanpur Khadar, Tehkhand and Tughlakabad. Their modus operandi: furnishing documents on behalf of people, of whom many are dead.
The land under question was jointly owned by residents from the three villages and was equally divided among them. It therefore came under dispute and in 1996, the court issued a stay order on it. However, in 2013, a pre-dated (2004) general power of attorney of 65 people, including ‘the dead’, appeared out of nowhere in favour of one Vinod Kumar. Vinod immediately got the property registered under the name of the Tarbia foundation with accomplices Shriom Chauhan, Narendra Kumar and Syed Sahal acting as witnesses. A property worth crores was sold at a price of 75 lakh.
“Our grandfather died in 1972. How can he sign the documents in 2013? It is a nothing but a conspiracy and fraud,” say Vivek and Raj Singh, grandsons of Nathu (one of those made alive on paper by the mafia).
The villagers tried to approach the police and the revenue department for help, but they washed their hands off the issue by shifting responsibility to other officials. In a twisted state of affairs, while the system turns a blind eye, the living are busy feeding off the dead.