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Navi Mumbai police files chargesheet against Bhujbals

The Hex World housing society, promoted by Sameer and Panjkaj Bhujbal, came under the scanner following a complaint by Chembur resident Yunus Abdul Rehman who had booked an apartment in the Kharghar project.

Vishakha, Pankaj, Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar, Sameer Bhujbal and Chhagan Bhujbal. Express archive
Vishakha, Pankaj, Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar, Sameer Bhujbal and Chhagan Bhujbal. Express archive.

A day after the Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a chargesheet against the Bhujbals in the Maharashtra Sadan scam, the Navi Mumbai police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against Pankaj Bhujbal, Chhagan Bhujbal’s son, and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal besides three others for their alleged role in the Hex World housing society case pegged to be worth Rs 40 crore.

The Hex World housing society, promoted by Sameer and Panjkaj Bhujbal, came under the scanner following a complaint by Chembur resident Yunus Abdul Rehman who had booked an apartment in the Kharghar project.

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Launching the project under the Devisha Infrastructure Pvt Ltd banner, the company had marketed it at real-estate exhibitions in Navi Mumbai from 2009 onwards, generating bookings and collecting advances from several prospective buyers.

Even as the work never took off on the proposed 25-acre site at Rohinjan Village near Kharghar, the developers reportedly continued to participate in exhibitions.

The Enforcement Directorate had later attached a Rs160-crore land parcel owned by Devisha Infrastructure Pvt Ltd.

An officer said they filed a 7,900-page chargesheet in a Navi Mumbai court on Thursday evening against five persons. The accused named in the chargesheet include Sameer Bhujbal, Pankaj Bhujbal, who allegedly promoted the housing project in addition to Rajesh Dharap, Satyam Kersarkar and Amit Shrivastava, the directors of Devisha Infrastructure Pvt Ltd.

“The accused persons proposed to build the towers and collected money from investors who were promised flats in the building. However, the towers were never constructed and the money was not returned to the 2,344 investors. In all, more than Rs 40 crore was collected and never returned to investors,” an officer said.

As part of the evidence, the police have recorded the statements of nearly 274 witnesses that include statements of complainants in the case in addition to documentary evidence.

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The accused persons have been charged under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), and sections 3, 4, 5 and 8 of the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act,1963 (MOFA) Act.