De­vel­oper who cheated in­vestors may face tough Acts


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

PANVEL: Duped home­buy­ers have de­manded the po­lice charge the di­rec­tor of Tiru­pati Balaji Builders, Ma­hen­dra Singh, un­der the Ma­ha­rash­tra Con­trol of Or­gan­ised Crime Act, 1999 ( MCOCA) and Ma­ha­rash­tra Own­er­ship Flats Act (MOFA).

The po­lice had last week ar­rested Singh for al­legedly dup­ing in­vestors of crores of ru­pees af­ter promis­ing cheap flats, which were never de­liv­ered, in Wakdi and Nere areas. He de­nied the charges.

Singh was ar­rested fol­low­ing a com­plaint to po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan.

Now, the duped home buy­ers have formed Navi Mum­bai Ac­tion Fo­rum un­der Congress leader Ab­hi­jit Patil. Through the fo­rum, the mem­bers plan to unit­edly fight to get their hard­earned money back.

“Singh is re­ported to be di­rec­tor in 11 com­pa­nies. Hence, there is a need to in­quire into the deal­ings of all the com­pa­nies he is as­so­ci­ated with. We have sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum in this re­gard ear­lier this week to the po­lice,” Patil said.

“Hun­dreds of peo­ple have been cheated in the scam. We have de­manded that the po­lice reg­is­ter cases un­der MCOCA and MOFA against the ac­cused,” he added.

“The peo­ple would be shown plots in var­i­ous areas of Panvel. They would then be of­fered houses at less than the pre­vail­ing mar­ket rate and peo­ple fall for it,” Patil lamented.

Around 100 peo­ple turned up on Sun­day at the Khan­desh­war po­lice sta­tion to reg­is­ter their com­plaints over cheat­ing in var­i­ous hous­ing projects.

The po­lice said all com­plaints were against Singh.

“We had re­ceived over 200 com­plaints against the builder fol­low­ing which Singh and his as­so­ciate, Bablu Gupta, were ar­rested. They are ac­cused of cheat­ing home­buy­ers,” said Vish­was Pand­here, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

He added, “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing where the col­lected money has been in­vested. We are also try­ing to help the peo­ple get their money back.”

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