Police have arrested three men, including a restaurateur who allegedly grabbed the property of a retired IAS officer in Vasant Kunj of south Delhi with the connivance of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials and sold it to a Shalimar Bagh resident.
Police said the flat in Pocket 5 and 6 of Vasant Kunj was registered in the name of Sarabjeet Kaur (68), wife of retired IAS officer J.S. Quami. Quami’s father Sardar Gopal Singh Quami was a freedom fighter.
Police said last June the family, who lives in Punjab, got a call from their neighbours that some men were trying to break in the flat. “The lady complained to the police. Her property was converted to freehold in 2001. They complained to the DDA where it was revealed the house was converted to freehold again in the name of one Nikas Saha in 2008. A property can become freehold only once. Even the file containing the original documents was missing and had been replaced by one in Saha’s name,” said a police officer.
Police said a few days ago a Shalimar-Bagh-based businessman Raghuvinder Singh came to take possession of the flat. Singh said he’d been sold the flat for Rs 85 lakh.“He gave us the name of the person who sold him the flat,” said the officer.
Subsequently three persons identified as Karan Singh Saini (50), a businessman, Sandeep Gera (47), a restaurateur and transporter Sanjay Bhardwaj (39) were arrested. Their leader Nikas Saha and two accomplices are on the run.
“We’re probing the role of DDA officials without whose connivance the fraud couldn’t have been possible. The gang was on the lookout for flats that were unoccupied or whose owners stayed outside Delhi,” said the officer.