A police official said they pressed charges in part because his actions had hurt the sensibilities of Buddhist priests in Kandy, home to one of Sri Lanka's holiest shrines, the Temple of the Tooth.
With recent computerization of land records, their ability to manipulate records has been limited.
The Government of India has developed a software system called Patwari Information System (PATIS) which was deployed in at least two districts as of 2005 with deployment at the Tehsil level underway.
The Patwari can wield significant power and influence with even feudal lords seeking his favour. There have been cases of corrupt Patwaris escaping punishment due to their position and political connections.
The Patwaris are equivalent to Karnams in Telugu Brahmin sect.
Patwari reports to Tehsildar or a chief clerk of Tehsils land records.
The Government of Punjab (Pakistan) as well delevlope a Land Software with the name of Land Revenue Management Information System (LRMIS).
The position was known as the kulkarni in Maharashtra, but the office of the kulkarni was abolished in 1918 and replaced with that of the talati.
Patwari is term used in Pakistan and India for a land record officer at sub-division or Tehsil level.
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