2 builders booked for land transfer fraud

Navghar police Wednesday registered a complaint against two builders and 24 others for the fraudulent transfer of a plot of prime land in Mulund in the name of the builders using forged documents.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 11, 2013 2:05 am

Navghar police Wednesday registered a complaint against two builders and 24 others for the fraudulent transfer of a plot of prime land in Mulund in the name of the builders using forged documents. The builders are said to have registered the land worth Rs 6 crore in their name for Rs 14.9 lakh.

According to the police,complainant Vasant Patil of Kalyan has said the six guntha (over 10,000 square feet) plot at a five-minute walk from Mulund railway station was his ancestral property.

The builders,Hasmukh and Alpesh Seth,had started construction on an adjacent plot last year. The plot had to be accessed through Patil’s land,said his lawyer.

“There is no approach road to the builders’ plot from the main road,and one has to pass through my client’s plot to get there. In 2012,my client discovered that his plot of land had been registered in Seths’ name. He filed an RTI application with the local registrar’s office,after which he learnt that 24 people staying in different areas had claimed the land was theirs and had sold it to Seth builders. The conveyance deed and power of attorney were forged by the builders,” Patil’s lawyer Satyam Dube said.

Patil approached Navghar police and was told it was a civil matter,after which he approached the Mulund court. On February 13 this year,the court directed Navghar police to book the builders as well as the 24 who claimed to be owners of the said plot.

Senior Police Inspector Ganesh Gaikwad,Navghar police station,confirmed that a complaint had been registered against all the 26 accused on Wednesday.

“We registered a complaint of cheating,impersonation,breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. We will start calling the accused for questioning from Thursday,” he said.

When asked why it took a month to file a complaint after the court order,Gaikwad claimed Patil had to submit relevant documents along with the copy of the order,which took time.

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