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Property grab: Court upholds conspiracy charges against man

Hindi writer Vishnu Prabhakar had accused tenant of trying to take over his house.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 25, 2012 1:01:12 am

A city court has upheld the order of another court that had charged a man with involvement in the conspiracy to grab the property of Hindi writer,the late Vishnu Prabhakar.

Dismissing Sanjay Sabharwal’s revision petition,Additional Sessions Judge Illa Rawat at the Rohini courts complex last week upheld a May 2011 order,charging him with criminal conspiracy to cheat and commit forgery along with his brother,who was Prabhakar’s tenant.

The case has its origins in an April 2000 petition,which Prabhakar filed against his tenant of 10 years,Deepak Sabharwal. Deepak had failed to pay the rent for the writer’s Pitampura house,and did not honour an undertaking he had given before the Delhi High Court,saying that he would vacate the premises before March-end. Prabhakar also secured an order to recover the unpaid rent.

In April 2010,Deepak went to court with an objection,claiming he had purchased the property from a man to whom Prabhakar had sold it to. Sanjay claimed to be the witness to the deed,which said that a man named Om Pal Singh — who purportedly purchased the property from Prabhakar — sold it to Deepak. In his contention,Prabhakar told the court that his tenant had connived with officials of the DDA and sub-registrar’s office,and conspired with Sanjay and Singh to grab his property.

Charges were framed against the co-accused,including the forger Deepak Bhargava,but,Sanjay went absconding and was declared a Proclaimed Offender. He was later arrested.

Judge Rawat upheld the trial court’s order,but suggested some changes: “However,the learned trial court is directed to modify,amend or reframe the charge framed against the accused to specify the sale transaction(s) or documents pertaining to petitioner Sanjay Sabharwal.”

Padma Bhushan Vishnu Prabhakar died in April 2009 at the age of 96.

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