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Raghu Sir, I want to register a property, and i have been told that without paying some bribe which is 3000-4000 in the registrar office process can\'t be completed. I heard that people in the r
Unfortunately, most people submit meekly and start with the belief that you have to pay a bribe. Many middlemen, such as lawyers, bankers etc. also reinforce this impression. But the blunt fact of the matter is that for a registration of your property, you need not pay a bribe at all. Getting a property registered is your right. Please say very firmly that you will not pay a bribe. What will happen then? At the most, the registration office can delay your registration and ask you to come to office again and again. You must be prepared for these delays, but other than that, they cannot do anything. They have to buckle down and register your property. Now here are some of the things that the registration office will say to confuse you and drive you to a position where you think you must pay a bribe. They will say that your property is registered for a much larger amount that what you have declared and that you must pay more stamp duty. In many states the registration department has declared the base values for different areas in the city, which is the presumed value of the property. This is done to reduce the scope for both people to undervalue properties and for officers to demand bribes. In fact, you are on a very strong ground if you say that you will pay the registration rate as determined by the base value declared by the government, or the actual rate you paid, whichever is higher. Finally, try to shame the fellows who ask for a bribe. One individual successfully resisted payment of a bribe for registering a property in Bangalore in the following way. Basically, he was repeatedly asked to wait. When finally he was asked for five thousand rupees in a somewhat menacing voice, our friend who has posted the story told him that he would insist on paying ten thousand rupees into the Kargil fund - five thousand from the official and five thousand as a contribution from our friend who has made the post. The officer demanding the bribe felt ashamed and said he did not want the money but it was his boss who insisted on it. The next morning, the ashamed officers handed over the initial document accepting the submission. You can see the entire story on this website under the heading - I didnt pay a bribe. Lastly, be very polite, but also very firm. You must speak very clearly and tell them that if they demand anything, you will straightaway go to the Lokayukta Above all, be courageous, and do not listen to discouraging advice. We can change the world, but we must take the first step ourselves.