A tussle between two real estate dealers, who are known to trade in disputed properties, resulted in the firing at 9A Short Street in the wee hours of Monday.
One of the dealers - Ratan lal Nahatta - who had the possession of the plot - claimed that he had bought the property by virtue of a will executed by the owner. Mamata Agarwal - the killer - was a close aide of Nahatta and used to stay in the property.
The other party claimed to have purchased the property from Rajesh Damani, owner of a Mumbai-based company.
The Mumbai-based company had bought the property directly from the owner on June 21, 1999.
Papers in possession with HT states that two late brothers Rajendranath Sein and Harendranath Sein from Madan Mitra Lane in Bhowanipore were joint owners of the property on 9 Short Street measuring one bigha 15 cottahs and 10 square feet.
In 1946, a deed of partition was executed and Rajendranath Sein’s wife Saila Bala Sein became sole owner of a 17 cottahs 12 chataks and 35 square feet of land in the property that was renumbered and separately assessed as premises number 9A.
Harendranath Sein’s descendants became sole owner of this plot.
“She has sold the property to HeartLine Estate Private Limited. In 2010, I entered into a selling agreement with the company and eventually became a confirming party and cancelled the agreement when Sanjay Surekha and his wife purchased the property,” said Parag Majmudar, who is believed to have issued the threat.
The shooter had also brought allegations against Trinamool Congress leader Kaushik Sen. Sen was a Congressman who joined Trinamool Congress after change in Writers’ Building and is an employee of Parag Majmudar’s firm.
“Nahatta was broker in the deal between Heartline and Sein and he was acting as a caretaker of the property and took its possession. In fact, there was an agreement whereby Nahatta was suppose to vacate the possession after taking Rs. 3 crores from Surekha,” added Majmudar.
On the other hand, Nahatta claimed that he has purchased the property from Rumi Sein and Rakhi Sein - grand daughters of Harendranath - who became the owner by virtue of a will executed by Saila Bala Sein.
Nahatta moved court in 2011 demanding his sole ownership but court is yet to deliver a final verdict. Meanwhile, Surekha then filed an eviction case against Nahatta and the verdict is still pending.