After more than two years of investigation into a corruption case of a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project, the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) police on Monday arrested two persons for allegedly forging stamp duty documents.
The police have identified the accused as Nitin Samant, who ran a construction company Samartha Erectors and Developers, and Sunil Ambekar, one of Samant’s associates, allegedly responsible for several SRA projects in the western suburbs.
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According to the police, the complaint registered by the stamp duty and registration department at the Malad police was transferred to BKC police station in 2012.
“Samant tried to manipulate the residents of a slum in Amboli by telling them that their slum huts came under the SRA scheme when it did not. We believe that Samant did so to waiver off the Stamp Duty on the property that he attempted to construct in the area. Hence, he forged stamp duty documents and submitted them to the office of the Stamp Duty and Registration department in BKC,” said Kundalik Nigde, senior police inspector with the BKC police. Nigde said that since the forged documents were submitted in BKC the case got transferred to the BKC police.
Virender Mishra, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VIII), said that the police were making inquiries with Samant and Ambekar since November of 2012.