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Manoj Mathurawala was sold a piece of land in Lohegaon which was sold to many others. It took him 13 months to file his complaint
Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:15:59 PM
Now, a plot of land in Vimannagar that belongs to a dead associate of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was sold to many people by fraudsters who acquired a fake succession certificate from Jharkhand.
The fraud came to light when one of the victims Manoj Mathurawala (40), a resident of Wanowrie Bazaar, searched for the land index and found that he was being duped.
He lodged a complaint with the Vimannagar police station after which, the police arrested Aadinath Eknath Shinde and Tehseen Ali Khan. However, the property owner’s survivors are still untraceable.
Narrating the incident, Mathurawala, a real estate dealer, said, “I had gone to Wadgaonsheri to meet my friend Arvind Galande in November 2006. Galande introduced me to Aadinath and Tehseen who were into real estate like me. In the course of conversation, Aadinath mentioned that he had a plot of land measuring 9,000 square feet for sale.
The address of the plot was survey no 206, plot no 9 in Lohegaon. He showed me the development agreement and power of attorney (PoA) papers for the plot that were in his name.
The original owner of the land was Diwan Lalchand Navalrai Karna who lived in Jharkhand as mentioned in the document. In fact, he showed me all the registered documents and also told me that he wanted to sell the land as he was in urgent need of money.
“He confirmed that the grandson of the real owner, Shivram Karna, and he had entered into an agreement and Tehseen was present during the transaction.
The documents he showed contained the original owner’s name. The death certificate too, was attached with the document that stated that the owner of the land died on January 6, 1967. His son Krishna Karna died on August 5, 1998, his death certificate was also attached.
I was convinced and I confirmed that I would buy the property and the deal was made for Rs 20 lakh. I was supposed to pay an additional Rs 40 lakh on getting a confirmation from the grandson.”
Mathurawala mentioned the deal to his business partner Mayur Mukund Shah who said that he too wanted to invest. So the two entered into an agreement on November 24, 2006.
The PoA and development rights were transferred to them. They paid Rs 10 lakh each and Aadinath promised to get the confirmation deed within two months.
Mathurawala continued, “When two months passed and Aadinath did not get the confirmation deed, I started asking him for it. He kept giving me excuses. Finally, I called him up and said that if he did not fulfil his commitment, I would take legal action against him.
Aadinath then served me a notice saying that he has been cheated by Shivram Karna and he would be taking legal action against him. The notice mentioned that he would return my money.”
After this, Mathurawala started enquiring about the property. After he saw the 7/12 extract at the talathi office in Lohegaon, he came to know that the subject property was already transferred to one Jitendra Dhende.
Taking a lead from the agreement, he enquired more and came to know that Jitendra’s brother Randra Dhende had obtained the PoA from the original owner in 2004 at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. Rajendra had signed a sale deed in the name of his brother.
Seeing the sale deed, Mathurawala realised that Aadinath had signed in capacity of a witness, which obviously meant that Aadinath was aware of the transaction between the Dhende brothers.
Mathurawala then met Aadinath and Tehseen and showed them the documents and said that they had forged documents. They then threatened him with dire consequences if he took legal action.
Mathurawala says, “I then started my own investigation during which I came to know that Karna had died in 1978 which means that if he had handed over the land to Rajendra in 2004, he would have been 134 years old.
I dug more and got to know that Aadinath had sold the same property on the basis of development agreement and PoA to one Vinod Pandey. Pandey in turn transferred the rights to a Aman Kumar Vich.
Simultaneously, Jitendra had transferred his rights to Suresh Keshav Yadav. Further, Yadav transferred his rights in the name of Sunil Chawla.”
Mathurawala added, “After acquiring all the information and gathering the photocopies of all the documents, I complained at the Commissioner’s Office. I wrote to the Crime Branch and Economic Offences Wing, but there was no response from anywhere.
I finally approached the Home Ministry. Four months later, my complaint was registered at Vimannagar police station on February 1 2010. It took me 13 months to lodge a complaint.”
When contacted, Assistant Commissioner of Police, R D Thorat, said, “We have arrested two persons. We have also acquired all the land-related documents. The investigation is on.”
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