Revenue official booked in forgery case (Lead)

June 18th, 2008 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Amritsar, June 18 (IANS) A revenue official in Punjab who last year made a fraudulent power of attorney for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official residence in New Delhi was Tuesday booked in Punjab for his role in another fraud. The police registered a case of forgery against tehsildar Rajesh Sharma following a complaint from the district revenue officer.

Sharma has been charged with conniving with three other people, Jasbir Singh, Rajwinder Singh and G.S. Khara, in preparing fake land deal papers of a prime piece of land.

The tehsildar was suspended last week after a US-based non-resident Indian (NRI) family filed a complaint with district officials against Sharma and others for conniving to sell nearly 11 acres of their prime land near here. The family claimed that their land was worth nearly Rs.3 billion in the property market.

Police said that cases had been registered against Sharma earlier too.

Sharma was last year involved in a controversy after he accepted a bribe to prepare a fake power of attorney of the Race Course Road residence of Manmohan Singh. He was suspended then but was reinstated by the Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state.

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