- Somewhere the record of your land was not made on fake stamp papers.
- CCB uncovers fraud, 11 arrested
- Over 2,000 fake stamp papers were recovered
Stamp paper scam: Forgery of stamp papers has been going on for decades, not today. Criminals make fake stamp papers worth thousands and pass them on to common people through touts. When you and I go to buy the land, we buy the same fake stamp paper and get our registration done on the same fake stamp paper. Karnataka Police has busted one such gang which used to make fake stamp papers.
In fact, the Special Investigation Branch of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Karnataka Police busted a gang producing fake stamp papers and arrested 11 people in Bengaluru on Friday. The gang operated under the nose of the revenue department’s office in Kandaya Bhavan in the heart of Bengaluru city. The accused sold fake government stamp papers by printing them. The Karnataka government had banned the open sale of stamp paper in the 1990s following the multi-crore Telgi fake stamp paper case.
Fake stamp papers worth so many lakh rupees seized
The CCB seized fake stamp papers of various denominations worth Rs 5.11 lakh, which were sold to sellers and middlemen who further dealt with the property dealers. Using fake stamp paper, the accused prepared old documents. He sold each fake stamp paper for Rs 5,000 to 8,000. Police said the accused may have got Rs 1.33 crore from the over 2,000 seized fake stamp papers.
Used to make stamps of old dates
Police said the CCB officials had received information that some typing stalls in Kandaya Bhawan were manufacturing stamp papers banned by the government and were selling them to these people by backfiring dates of their choice to facilitate forged documents. CCB Special Investigation Officers conducted raids and detained 11 people involved in the ruckus. 2,664 counterfeit stamp papers of various denominations were seized. The CCB also seized 119 forged seals from various other government departments, including a computer, printer, mobile phone, hard disk and rubber stamps from various government offices, including the tax department. The team also seized fake GPA documents of 1990 and other GPA documents of 1995, 2002 and 2009.
Old franking papers were also prepared,
The accused had also produced old franking papers so that they would become part of valid documents of earlier dates which existed earlier but were banned for many years after the Telgi scam came to light. CCB has seized 4 forged documents from the property and they are investigating who sold these stamp papers and what fake documents were made using forged stamp papers. The 11 accused are being questioned to get complete information.
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