Thursday, May 2, 2013

Nerul builder held for selling 1 flat to many, hunt on for aide

Navi Mumbai: The Nerul police have arrested a 57-year-old builder for reportedly selling one flat to several buyers. An associate of the accused builder is also likely to be arrested soon.

Bhaskar Thevar had reportedly sold a flat in Leelatai Patil Apartment in Nerul Sector 27 to more than three parties, who have lodged complaints against him. Thevar will remain in police custody till April 26.

Thevar started the fraud when the building was in the construction stage, showing the flat to several people and selling it to them. The building is now complete and one family which bought the disputed flat has already occupied the premises.

“We will also soon arrest Thevar’s aide. They have been booked under the IPC sections 405 (criminal breach of trust), 415 (cheating), 418 (cheating with knowledge that wrongful loss may ensue to person whose interest offender is bound to protect), 420 (punishment for cheating and fraud), and 34 (crime committed with common intention),’’ said assistant police inspector AGosavi.

When asked how the accused could manage to sell the same flat to many, Gosavi said the accused had shown the flat to many parties, and then registered the property in their names at different registration offices in Navi Mumbai.

“We are investigating if officials from the registration offices are also involved. We are anticipating that more victims of this fraud will come forward to complain,’’ said the investigating officer.

Manohar Shroff, Navi Mumbai secretary of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI), said: “Such fraud builders are spoiling the name of the entire community of developers.’’

He added: “All seven property registration offices in Navi Mumbai should be computerized so that such frauds can be stopped.’’

Shroff also cautioned buyers, asking them to verify if the building in which they are looking to buy a flat has got a valid occupation certificate.
Vijay Singh TNN


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