With the NRI wing of the Punjab police arresting SAS Nagar property dealer-cum-investor Mohinder Thakur from the Indira Gandhi International Airport on November 7 for allegedly defrauding a Canada resident of Rs 35 lakh in a property deal, investigations reveal Thakur, an NRI settled in Canada, had also masterminded another Rs 15 crore scam using 10 under-construction Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats over the past three years.
Police suspect that some local residents and NRIs have become victims to Thakur’s forgery, where he cheated people, promising returns on investment in property. He is alleged to have prepared fake papers of General Power of Attorney (GPA) to lure victims.
The accused Thakur, who owns a house in Sector 68, SAS Nagar, is alleged to have sold 10 under-construction CHB flats in Sector 63 on fake GPAs.
SHO Phase 7, NRI wing, Sanjeev Guru, said, “Thakur was arrested on a complaint from a Canada-based NRI, Gurpreet Singh, wherein he alleged that he was lured into giving Rs 35 lakh to Thakur for two CHB flats under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in Sector 63 and the papers of the flat were found to be forged.”
The money, in this case, has been transferred to wife’s account in Surrey (Canada).
The SHO added that Thakur also defrauded three people by selling a flat on forged papers, even when the CHB is yet to give possession.
CHB chief accounts officer AC Juneja told HT, “An allottee cannot sell any flat before five years from the date of possession. The public also needs to know that the sale and purchase of property on GPAs is not valid since the 2011 Supreme Court order in this regard. We will only give possession of Sector-63 flats in March 2015, and only to flat owner.” A case under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 34 of the IPC has been registered. Thakur was produced in court on Saturday and has been remanded to judicial custody of 14 days.