Kathmandu, September 25
The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has accused six persons, including a land revenue officer and three lawyers, of allegedly forging deeds and transferring ownership of 92 ropani government land to an individual.
According to CIB, it filed multiple charges against six defendants at Kathmandu District Court through the office of the District Attorney after completion of investigation at the order of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.
Those indicted for forgery and organised crimes were Mina Kumari Thapa, 50, and Ram Kumar Suyal Thapa, 41, of Dhading; Ram Bahadur Shah, 46, of Kailali; Shiva Prasad Rimal, 55, of Kathmandu; Baburam Sharma Regmi, 46, of Gorkha and Yogendra Pokharel, 46, of Okhaldhunga.
Superintendent of Police Bel Bahadur Pandey, who is also the CIB spokesperson, said the racket forged a land ownership certificate of 92 ropanis government land located in Bandbhanjyang Village Development Committee (now Chandragiri Municipality-2), Kathmandu by projecting Mina Kumari as its owner.
Shah, Sharma and Pokharel, who were law practitioners in Kathmandu, produced fake documents by posing Meena Kumari as the landowner. Subsequently, they forged a deed ‘signed between Mina Kumari and Ram Kumar to sell the land to the latter.’
For this purpose, Ram Kumar acted as the director of ‘Suyal Housing Company’.
The CIB informed that chief of Kalanki-based Land Revenue Office, Shiva Prasad, colluded with the racketeers to issue land ownership certificate to the company on the basis of the ‘deed signed between Mina Kumari and Ram Kumar’. After the it was registered in the name of the company, they sold two ropanies land to various persons.
SP Pandey said lawyer Ram Bahadur was the mastermind of the organised crime which caused a huge loss to the government.
A version of this article appears in print on September 26, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.