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CHENNAI: A fortnight after verification of parent documents for new property registrations was made mandatory, registration of about 500 land documents has been rejected across the state. Of these, 350 pertained to fraudulent parent documents, while registrations for the rest could not be facilitated due to absence of parent documents. Sub-registrar offices in Chennai and suburbs witnessed highest attempt to register property using fraudulent parent documents in Tamil Nadu.

Registration department sources said sub-registrars needed to go an extra mile to ensure that submitted documents were genuine.

As per the revised rules, verification of parent documents by the sub-registrars concerned is a compulsory procedure for (property) sale deeds. The sub-registrar must sign on the first page of the parent document as a mark of completing the task with due diligence, which would be scanned and maintained in the registration department. “During such verifications, about 350 parent documents were detected to be forged,” registration department official said.

This apart, nearly 150 land registrations could be not carried out due to non-availability of parent documents for various reasons including missing owners.

Among the 500 rejected documents, according to sources, 75% were recorded in the sub-registrar offices of Chennai and its peripheries. “Fraudulent parent documents both on individual houses and plots were relatively high in the city and suburbs,” the official said. However, the sub-registrars did not file any complaint with police, sources added.

In a recent case of fraudulent creation of Power of Attorney (PoA) for a two ground property, the sub-registrar of Madhavaram in north Chennai said he had seen the parent document before facilitating the PoA. But, official sources said the parent document was not verified, and a fake PoA was registered by forging the identity proof of the original owner of the property with the connivance of the official, sources added. The crime branch police has registered a case, in which the sub-registrar has been made an accused.

The registration department mandated verification of parent documents for registering properties from June 7 to eliminate registrations using forged documents. In case the parent documents are mortgaged with banks, a statement from the financial institutions should be submitted.

Noting that a sub-registrar would be responsible for any discrepancies in property registrations under his purview, sources said they would also be held accountable and action taken.

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