• I Paid A Bribe
  • 8 years ago

I purchased a 0.65 acres piece of agricultural land near Kottakarai…

Reported on January 27, 2014 from Viluppuram , Tamil Nadu  ι Report #39169

I purchased a 0.65 acres piece of agricultural land near Kottakarai village, and went to register in Vanur registration office in Villupuram district. The document writer offered us a sales deed in English, to my relief, as I cannot read Tamil, but with many spelling & grammar mistakes, which I corrected. Besides the registration fee, with receipts of stamp paper etc, I was asked for Rs. 16500 for document writing, without a receipt. This sum was already agreed upon earlier, but I realised too late that without a receipt it amounts to a bribe.
Next step was a 'patta' (land papers) in Irumbai patta office, where the officer dragged the process for several months. An acquaintance from Kottakarai village finally got the papers after a paying a 'much-reduced' bribe of Rs. 2500 (which he only later admitted, as I had been refusing to pay any bribe). It is common knowledge that no papers are issued from that office without bribes.

What is your reaction after reading this report?
comments powered by Disqus