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Another land scam in Bangalore, govt land illegally sold to private buyers

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In fact, sources in the revenue department reveal that nearly 1,275 acres of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) land at prime locations in Bangalore has been illegally encroached upon. Though the BDA which is meant to keep a check on such activities refused to comment, real estate agents in the city say, officials in the lower and senior most levels are involved. Says Farook Mahmood, founder, National Association of Realtors: ”Things happen at a cost at a registrar’s office. I won’t say more than that. Whoever is to buy something, let the due diligence be done first or it can be disastrous.”

The fact that this land is registered by the government, makes a buyer believe his property is legal. If and when there is a crackdown – it becomes a battle between the buyer and the courts. The registrars’ who made money over the deal are out of the picture. However, when approached officials deny such a fraud is occuring. Says Ramakanth, Deputy Commissioner, Revenue in Bangalore: ‘We don’t entertain, we reject such applicants who want to buy notified land. We ask them to get an NOC from the BDA. “