Staff Reporter

Orders come into force with immediate effect

  • Orders issued on November 13, 2006
  • Sub-registrars asked to scan the proof of residence

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government has made the furnishing of proof of residence for registration by sellers and purchasers of properties mandatory.

    They have to produce true copies of ration card/driving licence/identity card issued by the employer/PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department/residence certificate in case of those residing in the country and a copy of the passport for those abroad.

    Directive

    The orders issued on November 13 by the Commissioner and Inspector General of Registration and Stamps came into force with immediate effect.

    Sub-registrars have been instructed to scan the proof of residence to be submitted along with the main document.

    The fresh orders became necessary in view of deliberate furnishing of false or incomplete addresses by benami purchasers, contractors, IT assesses and real estate owners in the sale deed and other documents to evade income tax or being identified in land-related crimes, the IG pointed out in his memo.

    In fact, an order was issued as early as in January 1986 to obtain a separate deposition or affidavit of postal addresses of the seller and purchaser if they were not mentioned in the documents.

    But registering officers reportedly did not follow the instructions leading to the issuance of the November 13 order.

    Dereliction?

    The alleged "flourishing of benami transactions" is also attributed to dereliction on the part of the sub-registrars insisting on noting correct and complete address, particularly in deals taken up by relatives on behalf of their kin abroad.

    "Even earlier we were obtaining the addresses in the documents. But people with an intent to mislead are furnishing false information or simply leaving the place after the deal was through," says a sub-registrar.