Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Kashmir has booked a former tehsildar for facilitating Hibba Zabani (oral gift deeds) on land sales to avoid stamp duties during his tenure in 2011-12.
An FIR has been registered by ACB against Mohammad Bashir Rather (former tehsildar north Srinagar) and others under sections 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C Act, Svt 2006 r/w 120-B RPC.
A statement issued by ACB here said that that its verification found that Tehsildar North, Mohammad Bashir, used to induce public to seek mutation of their land on the basis of Hibba Zabani (oral gift) to avoid stamp duties which are levied by the government on registration of sale deeds before the competent court /sub registrar.
Bashir, along with others, have attested 1292 mutations on the basis of oral gifts on around 1787 Kanals and 7 Marlas during his tenure in 2011-12 in his jurisdiction as Tehsildar North Srinagar. This, the ACB, said has caused a loss amounting to nearly Rs 19 crore, (Rs 18,87,73,485) to the state exchequer which was to be otherwise paid as stamp duty by the parties for execution of sale deeds.