The state government has come across incidents involving real estate agents in connivance with sub-registrars selling properties based on handwritten khatas, with the department of rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR) alerting the public to not buy properties based on handwritten khata!

Following several complaints, RDPR minister HK Patil on Monday urged the public not to buy properties based on handwritten khatas.

“These handwritten khatas are illegal and government has banned them. We appeal to the public not to fall prey to agents trying to sell off a property showing handwritten khata,” Patil said.

According to the minister, several complaints pertaining to handwritten khata transactions were filed in Bagalur police station and Rajnakunte police station limits in Bengaluru North around Kempe Gowda International Airport.

The government has urged people to demand for E-khatas in the place of handwritten khatas.

Elaborating further, Patil said, “People have complained that touts and agents are forging the property documents and using handwritten khatas to get legal sanctity for their transactions. We have reports that several sub-registrars have also been involved in these kinds of transactions. By showing the khata certificate, investor is made to believe that the property that they are buying is legal but in reality it is a forged one. We are taking up the matter with Inspector General of Stamps and Registrations and soon issue directions to sub-registrars at local level not to register any property with handwritten khatas.”

Going a step ahead, the RDPR department has ordered every panchayat to survey the property and upload the details of the property on department’s website.

“We already have a system Bhoomi that takes care of land records. But under the new mapping system we will include GPS facility and identify property based on longitude and latitude,” Patil explained.

What is a Khata?

Khata in general is a revenue document containing details about the land like area, location, measurement etc. Khata is crucial for estimating the tax to be paid by the owner to the local civic body. Interestingly, the state government had discontinued the handwritten khata three-years ago and switched over to E-khata. Yet in some of the places, touts have been using handwritten khatas for speedy sale of properties.

* These are illegal and govt has banned them. We appeal to public to not fall prey to agents trying to sell property showing handwritten khatas – HK Patil, RDPR minister

Cashing in on the sudden demand touts have cheated investors with fraudulent practices, including handwritten khatas.