Property fraud: Lok Adalat issues arrest warrants for retired Lt Col

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2014 22:11 IST

The permanent Lok Adalat headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal issued arrest warrants and directed to attach the property of Lieutenant Colonel (retired) PJS Mehta in connection with a property fraud case, on Monday.

Complainants Ajay Kumar and others had moved an application before the Lok Adalat alleging that Mehta, a resident of Sector 19 in Chandigarh, had promoted a housing scheme, National Consumer Awareness Group of Society, under his chairmanship.

He had received a lot of money—ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 lakhs—from its members and promised to purchase land and construct flats thereon for allotting to them. He had purchased the 16 acres of land in Sector 91, SAS Nagar, but failed to construct any flats.

The members were since then demanding refund of the money by the sale of the land, but to no avail. Mehta in his reply to the complaint had admitted the facts and contended that the amount would be refunded only if the land is sold.

On February 1, Mehta was directed by the Lok adalat to hold elections of the society within the 30 days, which had not held since 2005.

Mehta did not comply with the orders upon which, the applicants filed an execution application for compliance of orders and a notice was issued to him to appear through his counsel.

He took several adjournments on one pretext or the other but to no effect. The warrant of attachment and arrest warrant have been issued for October 13.

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