Navi Mumbai: Acting on a court directive, the Kharghar police have registered an FIR against three directors of a Vashi-based real estate company on a businessman’s complaint that they were trying to cheat him of a flat he had booked in 2005.
A Panvel court passed the order in November on a criminal complaint filed by a Kopar Khairane resident, Manohar Kaka (51), earlier this year against Nalin Sharma, Suresh Patkar and Vijay Kadu of Sai Builders & Developers.
Kaka, who had filed a civil complaint in 2010 on the dispute, filed the criminal complaint following slow progress in the case.
Kaka said he had booked a flat in the developer’s 20-storey Yashvasin tower in Kharghar’s Sector 27 in December 2005. He alleged that he had paid Rs 19.46 lakh for the said flat but the developers were trying to sell the house to athird party at a higher price.
Kaka said that he paid the first instalment of Rs 51,000 for the flat in December 2005, when its price was about Rs 21 lakh. But he alleged that the builders demanded a booking amount of 50% of the flat’s price in 2007, in an attempt to cancel his allotment. The flat costs Rs 65-70 lakh now.
In their reply to the summons on Saturday, the builders said Kaka was misleading authorities. They said they had not encashed the last four cheques of Rs 2 lakh each given by Kaka in November 2009 as he had told them not to.
A spokesperson for Sai Builders & Developers told TOI, “Kaka has only paid Rs12.46 lakh since December 2005. We have issued him several reminders for payments for the 2-BHK flat he booked for a total cost of Rs 21.02 lakh. He defaulted in payments for which we sent him a flat cancellation notice in February 2009. We deny his allegations.’’ “We have not missed any hearing in the case. The 150 flats in the two wings of Yashvasin tower have sold out, only this one flat is in legal contention,’’ said a company official.
Apolice official confirmed that the FIR has been registered but said investigations would be made before further action is taken.
Vijay Singh TNN