HC upholds FIR against builder for duping several flat buyers

Mahendroo’s firm had allegedly sold space on 25 floors in a building in Mumbai. They had permission for just two floors.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:October 7, 2012 12:57 am

Mahendroo’s firm had allegedly sold space on 25 floors in a building in Mumbai. They had permission for just two floors

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday dismissed builder Ashok Mahendroo’s petition seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him by the Gurgaon Police for allegedly duping several people by promising them flats in Mumbai.

Mahendroo’s company Ozo Media Estate Ltd had allegedly sold buyers space on 25 floors in a building in Andheri West in Mumbai. In 2007,some of those who booked the flats,on making enquiries with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),came to know that the company had submitted building plans for only two floors to BMC in 2006 and registered a complaint.

On Friday,Justice Daya Chaudhary dismissed the petition filed by Mahendroo and 16 others and slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000 on each.

Since April 2006,the company had allegedly sold space on 25 floors of the said project. “The builders had permission for only two floors,but they sold flats on 25 floors. This shows their intention to cheat,” reads the FIR registered at a Gurgaon police station.

Challenging the FIR,Mahendroo and the others had moved the high court. Opposing their petition,complainants’ counsel Narender Sura said Mahendroo,a Gurgaon-based builder,and his associates had duped several people of over Rs 1,500 crore.

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