Sardar Patel's land sold in fraudulent deal, inquiries on

He may have spent his life integrating the warring estates into the country, but when it came to protect the piece of land that belonged to him, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s posterity failed him.

The 1.39 hectare land in Gadava village in Kheda district, which was reportedly gifted to the Iron man of India was sold with the help of a document containing thumb impression of Patel, a barrister by profession.

However the transaction has been stayed by the local administration after Congress MP  Dinsha Patel complained.

The land was sold for mere Rs 2.5 lakh, which alerted the local Sarpanch Chiman Chauhan, who brought the fraud to Patel’s notice.

Chauhan maintained that he learnt about the deal when the papers came to Panchayat and the pricing raised suspicion as the original price of this piece of land is close to Rs 60 lakh. Alleging that this is the handiwork of the land mafia active in that area, Chauhan said the documents showed the land has been sold by Vallabhbhai Zaverbhai (90), a resident of Vadavadi Chawal in Singarwa to Bhupendra Desai Dabhi.

Following Patel’s complaint, any activity on that land has been stayed and both the buyer and seller have been summoned to Collector’s office on Tuesday, July 17.

Kheda collector M V Pargi said the case prima facie appears to be a case of land fraud
and the land records will be investigated to determine the ownership of the land.

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