Updated: March 13, 2021 11:15:34 am
The Pune City Police has lodged an offence of cheating and extortion against BJP MLA and builder Mangal Pratap Lodha, his son and others for allegedly cheating a Pune-based woman who had booked an apartment in his scheme in Worli, Mumbai.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Pankaj Deshmukh confirmed that as per the court orders, an FIR has been lodged at Chaturshringi police station against Londha and his son, among others.
The woman, who is a lawyer, had booked an apartment at Lodha’s project in Worli for Rs 5.52 crore and since 2013, she also paid Rs 3.92 lakh, but did not get possession of the property, police said.
She has alleged that the accused asked her to pay Rs 4.15 crore more and threatened to cancel the agreement if the money was not paid.They also said that the amount paid earlier will be taken over as forfeiture, police said.
The woman then filed a complaint of cheating and extortion against Lodha and others in the Shivajinagar court.
A spokesperson for Macrotech Developers said the complainant is a defaulter who has not made payment of her dues for many years and has thereafter refused to pay applicable interest as per RERA. “We have filed a case against her in RERA for default and cancellation more than 12 months ago. Last year, she had filed the same case in a relevant police station in Mumbai and due to no evidence found to support the complainant’s unsubstantial claims the case was closed, proving the company had not committed any wrong. It appears that she has not disclosed aforesaid information to obtain this new order which, in any event, only says that police should look into the matter. We will file an appeal against this illegally obtained order soon,” the spokesperson said.
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