The Ghatkopar police arrested a Satara resident for allegedly deceiving a 60-year-old Mumbai resident to the tune of Rs 8.5 lakh on the pretext of offering an MHADA home at a discounted rate.
Police identified the accused as Hindurao Shejval, who allegedly promised the victim, Dadasahed Kamble, a resident of Pratiksha Nagar, an MHADA-constructed home under the legislators’ quota. Shejval was arrested by the Ghatkopar police last week.
According to the police, in February 2015, Kamble was introduced to Shejval through a real estate agent.
“Shejval told Kamble that he could give him an MHADA home in Wadala at a discounted rate through his connections in the MHADA. Tempted by the offer, Kamble agreed to to pay Shejval in three installments. The duo met frequently last year in Golden Palace Hotel in Ghatkopar,” said Yakub Mulla, senior police inspector, Ghatkopar police.
Following the agreement, Kamble in his statement claimed to the police that Shejval took him to an MHADA office and showed him a file claiming it was Kamble’s file.
“To convince Kamble that his application under the MLA quota for an MHADA home was under process, Shejval showed him a file with Kamble’s name on it but not the contents,” added Mulla. Police said that every time Kamble was shown his file he paid one installment.
“After the third installment was paid in July 2015, Shejval turned his phone off and never contacted Kamble again,” said Mulla.
According to investigators on the evening of May 14, Shejval claimed he ran into Kamble on a street in Tilak Nagar.
“Kamble, with the help of the local police caught hold of Shejval and then the case got transferred to Ghatkopar since the case began here in a Ghatkopar-based hotel,” added Mulla.
The police is probing if there were any MHADA officials who were a part of the fraud. Shejval’s police custody ends on Thursday.