Servants stealing valuables from the employer’s house is pretty common in Delhi.
But ever heard of one who grabbed the master’s house itself along with all the valuables, including those in bank lockers?
Yes. This too is happening in the national capital.
The victim — 76-year-old Chetan Das, a retired Class-I gazetted officer battling dementia (a brain disease) and in an advanced stage of Parkinsons disease.
Without his knowledge, his house in Outram Lanes, Kingsway Camp where he stayed with his family, became his housemaid Janaki’s.
But her phenomenal rise from servant to house owner is short-lived. She is set to land in jail.
The fraud she committed on the sick man, taking advantage of his mental ailment, came into the open following a complaint by Das’s son Sanjay Malhotra.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed her anticipatory bail application.
“The accusations are of a very serious nature and do not entitle her to pre-arrest bail. She is accused of cheating her master and has thereby belying the trust reposed in her”, Justice S N Aggarwal said.
Public Prosecutor Jaideep Malik told the court the accused transferred the property in her name by fabricating the sale agreement and power of attorney in her name by getting the thumb impression of Das.
She prepared a sale deed showing that she paid Rs 119. 9 lakh as part payment to Das.
Janaki also allegedly withdrew money worth Rs 75 lakh and also jewellery and other valuables from the bank.
When the court asked Janaki’s lawyer how she got amount to the tune of Rs one crore to buy the property and for depositing huge amounts in bank accounts and opening accounts in the name of her children, her lawyer had no answer and merely said the amount was paid to her by Das.
“It is difficult to believe that the complainant or his father would pay such a huge amount to their maid servant and also transfer movables and immovables in her name,” court said.