De­vel­oper booked for cheat­ing home­buy­ers of ` 35 lakh

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Khan­desh­war po­lice have booked a real es­tate de­vel­oper for al­legedly cheat­ing sev­eral home­buy­ers of Rs35 lakh af­ter promis­ing flats in an up­com­ing build­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ac­cused had told the vic­tims that he was con­struct­ing a build­ing at New Pan­vel and flats are avail­able at a cheaper rate.

He took Rs 3 lakh to 6 lakh from each of the home­buy­ers for book­ing the flats. “Since Jan­uary 21, 2012, the ac­cused had taken money from the vic­tims in sev­eral in­stal­ments. How­ever, as promised ear­lier, he could not hand over even a sin­gle flat to any of them in due time,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Khan­desh­war po­lice sta­tion.

“Even af­ter four years, when the vic­tims did not get pos­ses­sion of the flats, they started en­quir­ing about it. How­ever, the re­sponses from the ac­cused were not sat­is­fac­tory. He stopped an­swer­ing phone calls,” he added.

Some of the vic­tims ap­proached t he po­lice on Wed­nes­day and reg­is­tered an FIR against the ac­cused.

“We have reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 420 (pun­ish­ment for cheat­ing) of the IPC and sec­tions 3 and 13 of Maharashtra Own­er­ship Flats Act,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

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