The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Chandigarh Police has arrested Kulwant Singh Dhillon, a resident of Sunny Enclave, Kharar, for allegedly selling a shop-and-flat (SCF) to a resident of Sector 7 despite the property being resumed by the UT Estate office in 1991 at the time of the deal.
The suspect had allegedly taken Rs 45 lakh from the complainant and refused to transfer the property to the name of Inderjit Singh, the complainant, or return his money.
The suspect had allegedly approached Inderjit Singh in November 2007.
Dhillon told Inderjit that he was interested in selling the property, which was originally in name of Avtar Singh, a resident of Ambala, and claimed to be the agreement holder of the property.
A deal of Rs 1.75 crore was struck and Inderjit paid the accused Rs 45 lakh after the suspect promised Inderjit that the property would soon be transferred to his name. The accused however, kept delaying the transfer.
Meanwhile, Inderjit came to know that the property could not be transferred to his name as a case for its resumption being cancelled was being heard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
In November 2012, the court cancelled the resumption orders and transferred the property back to the original owner, Avtar Singh.
Inderjit, hoping to get the SCF this time, again approached Dhillon. But this time, Dhillon and Avtar allegedly refused to transfer the property to Inderjit’s name.
Inderjit, in his complaint, alleged that the suspect did not return his money, threatened him and said that they would sell the property to someone else for Rs 5 crore. This happened on March 10.
Following this, a police complaint was filed and a case was registered on June 6. EOW officials said the role of estate officers would also come under scanner for not taking possession of the resumed property.
“Accused showed the property to complainant and there was no sign of it being resumed. We cannot rule out possibility of estate officers being involved”, said an official.
The suspect was produced in the court on Saturday and remanded in police custody for three days.