PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that directions have been issued to the police to file charge sheet against 23 accused involved in land grab cases.
“Directions have been issued to the police to file a charge sheet against all the accused, arrested in the land grab case, at the earliest and ensure that no one is acquitted” said Sawant.
He further said that those owners of the land parcels, which were acquired by forging the documents, who are settled in foreign countries, would also be given an opportunity to make claims for their property.
“A time frame would be fixed for the same. The owners will have to produce all the required documents or clear titles,” he added.
Sawant said that the scandal involved seven main scamsters who had exploited “no man’s land” and even government-owned properties. He clarified that “no man’s land” referred to properties that had been left unclaimed by their owners.
“Have directed the Chief Secretary to initiate a process to identify such properties and bring them under government control,” he added.
The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of the crime branch had arrested a total 23 people including four government officers in connection with land grab scam. All the accused, majority who were involved in multiple cases, are currently out on bail.