The Bombay High Court granted interim bail for two weeks to Yatin Prabhavalkar, an accused in a Rs 300-crore land scam, in which the owner of an Andheri plot was declared dead when he is alive.
It was found that he had not claimed ownership, but only updated mutation entries of the plot. His lawyer Ashok Mundargi said Lata Thakur, who originally owned the property, had sold it to one Arjandas Thakur in the 60s.
In 1979, Arjandas sold it to Varhadkar, who gave Prabha-valkar the power of attorney in 2004. The lawyer said a complaint of cheating was lodged against his client after he produced Arjandas’ death certificate in the collector’s office.
Public Prosecutor Shahaji Shinde argued that the complaint was filed by one Arjundas Thakur, who also claimed ownership based on the 60s sale deed.
The clash over the ownership rights came to the fore when deceased Arjandas’ nephew obtained a letter of administration from the HC for the plot.