A prominent real estate company was allegedly duped of Rs 2.2 crore by three men who took money from the firm under the guise of selling Faridkot House, the former residence of the Maharaja of Faridkot. Police are looking for the three men — a real estate agent and “two men in turbans” who claimed to be legal heirs of the property in Chanakyapuri.
Though the alleged incident took place in 2012, the owner of the company lodged a complaint in north Delhi’s Civil Lines police station on April 4 this year, after unsuccessfully trying to retrieve the money for over three years.
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According to police, one of the accused has been identified as real estate agent Sanjeev Bansal, who offered to “sell” Faridkot House to the real estate firm.
“The agent took the owner of the firm to Faridkot House and introduced him to two men, who were wearing turbans, as the legal heirs of the property. He claimed that the Maharaja of Faridkot, in his will, had given the house to its caretaker and the two men had inherited the house,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, north, Madhur Verma.
The two accused — identified as Harbhajan Singh and Roki Singh — allegedly asked for Rs 100 crore to “sell” Faridkot House. Later, the two parties settled on Rs 77 crore as the sale price, said the complainant.
The FIR stated, “An advance amount of Rs 11 lakh was paid by the owner of the real estate company after the accused handed over some photocopies, including a perpetual lease deed.” A few days later, the real estate company transferred Rs 2.11 crore to the account of Roki Singh, said police.
The complainant realised he had been duped when he found no evidence of a will by the maharaja in the records of the sub-registrar. He then tried to contact Bansal, who allegedly kept on assuring him that the money would be returned.
Delhi Police have registered a case under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 120 B (criminal conspiracy, 34 (common intention).
The case is being handled by Delhi Police’s District Investigation Unit and various teams have been formed to nab the accused.