Sep 19, 2020

21 arrested for forging deeds: Lawyers among them Featured

Police have arrested 21 organized racketeers who had forged deeds to lands in major cities including Colombo and Gampaha and swindled money in millions.

Among those arrested were lawyers, notaries and several officials from the Land Registry Offices.

It is reported that information is being sought regarding several officials of the Municipal Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas as well.

Investigations into the links of the Tamil Diaspora and the underworld to this racket, which is said to have become an organized business of several NGOs, are now active and several persons involved have been produced in court and remanded.

Cases of forged deeds are most commonly reported for ancestral lands belonging to migrated locals and old houses commonly known as Walau.

When inquired, the Registrar General M. P. Vithanage said that as a solution to this, electronic sheets that cannot be changed or removed will be prepared for every land ownership in the future under a program called 'E Land'.

At present there are about 150 million land deeds in the country, out of which 52 million deeds have already been scanned and electronically stored under the 'E Land' program, he said.

Meanwhile, it is reported that police investigations are being carried out regarding the preparation of fake assessment numbers and the issuance of fake building plans with the assistance of Municipal Councils and Pradeshiya Sabha officials.