Police records showcase that the number of fraud cases has been persistently increasing since 2010 when the department registered 130 cases. This year, the police have registered 514 property fraud cases. From the last two-three years of the decade, most of the apartment buyers and investors fell prey to such type of property fraud. These frauds work on the parameters which include delay in delivery of realty projects, diversion of funds allotted for all the projects, sale of projects in which proper licenses have not been procured and change in the specification of flats at the time of delivery, among others.
One more case reported in Gurugram, where police have successfully arrested three members of a fraudsters gang for selling a wide variety of plots in the posh Sushant Lok area using illegal documents.
From the arrested members, including a lady (Vibha), have apparently admitted to having taken Rs 100 crore. Revenue officials and Ansal employees are being suspected for their involvement in this case. The police have recognized seven different individuals from the gang. Fake allotment letters, counterfeit seals and Rs 10 lakh have been recovered from the arrested fraudsters.
The gang of accused were identified as Vibha of Gurugram, currently living in Faridabad, Rajender alias Raju of Laxman Vihar in Gurugram and Lucky Uppal of West Patel Nagar in Delhi. On Thursday the accused were produced in the local court, which sent the lady to the judicial custody and the two masterminds on two-day police remand.
Anup Singh Dhankhar filed a complaint on January 23, he states that the accused prepared illegal documents of his plot and registered it on some another name. Then on February 6, the police arrested lady Vibha from Faridabad and she was sent in judicial custody. The police successfully arrested Rajender and Lucky on Wednesday.
“Accused Vibha has confessed that she had registered an Ansal plot on her name and sold it to Sahil Gogia in the amount of 85 lakh. They fully completed all formalities like registry, sale deed, affidavits, witnesses and fake IDs. The pure involvement of Ansal employees and revenue officials cannot be ruled out yet in the whole case. Chander Mohan, DCP (East) said that “They bring out permanent witnesses in the tehsil during the registration process and a search is on,”
Presently, the police officials are also taking drastic action against several brokers, chit fund operators, and developers under the investors’ protection act. Despite the act in place, officials suggest that buyers should be very careful while investing in realty projects. They should also stay away from financial products that are marketed in the garb of real estate offerings.
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