Thane builder’s suicide note blames harassment by officials, bribe demands

A director with the Cosmos Group, Parmar shot himself with his licenced firearm on Wednesday afternoon inside a sample flat of an under-construction building.

Written by Gautam S Mengle , Khushboo Narayan | Mumbai | Published: October 9, 2015 2:18 am

Suraj Parmar (46), a prominent builder in Thane who ended his life on Wednesday, is said to have alleged in his suicide note that he had been facing “harassment” by various government departments and was tired of repeated demands for bribes.

A director with the Cosmos Group, Parmar shot himself with his licenced firearm on Wednesday afternoon inside a sample flat of an under-construction building.

The police said Parmar left behind a 13-page suicide note in which he outlined the problems he was facing due to government departments as well as the bribes that he had to pay repeatedly.

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“The suicide note speaks of several problems that Parmar was facing, including difficulties in obtaining approvals and the stop-work notices issued to him. The note goes on to say that several people were repeatedly demanding bribes, that he had already paid them a lot in the past but that their demands were still continuing and it had become too much for him to deal with. Parmar has written some names in the note but later struck them off himself. He also wrote that he was striking out the names as he was afraid his family would be harassed if he named them,” said Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, V V Laxminarayan.

Builders across Mumbai and Thane said the case was just the tip of the iceberg as they had consistently faced harassment by government bodies such as municipal corporations and tax departments. They said more than the downturn or slowdown, it was this harassment that was pushing them to the wall.

Parmar’s death has prompted builders and developers from across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to stage a demonstration in a show of support. The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) will hold a protest in Thane Tuesday, which will be attended by builders and developers from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Parmar was heading the Thane chapter of the MCHI.

“Very clearly, there was no financial issue in this case. There is an issue in the way the system works. If you see all the listed companies, you will find that none of them have a margin of more than 10 per cent and I feel there is a systemic issue in the way real estate sector is taxed,” said Dharmesh Jain , managing director of Nirmal Lifestyle Ltd who is currently the president of the MCHI.

Vimal Shah, managing director of Hubtown Ltd, added, “The approval process has become unimaginably lengthy, tedious, unpredictable and depends on the whims of individual officers. Getting approvals has become a major problem for builders and has increased the interest cost not just of the builders but also of consumers.”

The sentiment was echoed by several other builders and developers, who did not want to be named, saying they were afraid of being “targeted by state agencies”.

Laxminarayan said that in the absence of clear names in the suicide note, further inquiries would be required to check for grounds for an abetment to suicide case.

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    Nirav Shah
    Oct 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm
    We need Gabbar in our town as a police officer
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      B L
      Oct 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm
      mr. parmar harresed by poltcian & officers it is very bed, carrecption is as a posion
      1. K
        Oct 9, 2015 at 10:31 am
        This is very shocking. On other side what is the fault of apartment owners who are not getting possession and put there hard earned money to purchase the flats. OC must be issued immediately and possession be given. It needs state governments intervention to protect the interest of alotees.
        1. V
          Oct 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm
          It is shocking ,there may be delays in getting sanction process that should be corrected if required. committing suicide is not answer. At the same time builders when book flats take money from people, who invest their hard earned money with a dream to possess own home and builders delay the project . Builders also give attention for timely delivery of flats to owners.
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            Vijay Rao
            Nov 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm
            This is prevalent across our country. The w system is to be blamed. Also the mindset of the people bribing has to change. I am from Bangalore and here too, I have launched an offensive on the govt officials as I am facing harrment for a very simple paper work, which ideally should take not more than 3 days and I am struggling for last 21 days. But committing suicide is not the answer. We need to take the bulls by horns. I have taken it to press and police. Also, I ask simple questions like why do i need to bribe you after paying tax out of which your ry is given... this pinches and my work started moving though slowly but surely. first let us all resolve that we will not bribe and then we should ask uncomfortable questions, listening to which the officials should commit suicide.
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