31 A year back Ravi Bala Garg, 59, owned a Rs 50 crore bungalow located in posh Civil Lines area of Allahabad. Today she is on the run.
Reason- The SHO of Babupurwa police station in Kanpur, Dinesh Chandra Tripathi with the help of land mafias grabbed her bungalow. Tripathi not only got the bungalow razed but also threatened Garg of dire consequences if she continued to pursue the case of property dispute in the court.
Fearing threat to life from Tripathi and the land mafias Gargs have gone undergone, shifting their base from one city to another. Ravi Bala has submitted a petition to Principal Secretary, Home and DGP informing them about the threat issued by the SHO and to provide security. Though a gunner was deputed on her security, later the guard was withdrawn.
Tripathi shot into limelight after an FIR was lodged against SP leader Amar Singh and Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan at Babupurwa police station by one Shiv Kant Tripathi
On Saturday Ravi Bala Garg was in Lucknow to appear in the CBI court in a case of cheque bounce against Tripathi. After hearing her plea the court issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Tripathi.
Talking to HT Garg said in 1947 her ancestor Uday Ram Garg shifted in bungalow number 11 located in Civil Lines as tenant. His son Kailash Behari Garg (father in law of Ravi Bala) was a leading lawyer and president of Allahabad High Court Bar Council.
Soon the bungalow became a center of academic and political activities in the city. Legal luminaries and top politicians including former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Chief Minister Hemwatinandan Bahuguna dropped in the bungalow to chat with Garg.
In 1976 one Mahesh Chandra Gupta a relative of Garg’s purchased the bungalow from Sahar Bano. Later Gupta transferred the ownership rights to Garg.
After demise of Kailash Behari Garg in 1997 the problem for the family started as land mafias set their eye on the precious property. One Imtiaz Ahmed considered close to mafia don Atiq Ahmed and Babloo Srivastava got the land registered fraudulently in the name of his wife Tabassum Ghazala. Though Imtiaz maintains that he purchased the bungalow from the descendants of Sahar Bano.
Ravi Bala Garg moved a petition in the Supreme Court and in its order the apex court put stay on the sale/purchase of the property till the ownership dispute was resolved. But Imtiaz grabbed a portion of the bungalow forcible and gave it on rent to a suspended police inspector Shatrughan Singh.
These days Shatrughan is cooling his heel in Naini Jail on charge of killing a security guard. Both Ravi Bala Garg and her daughter Radhika are witness in the killing case that took place in the bungalow on May 14, 2006.
To put pressure on the Gargs, Imitiaz lodged an FIR against them in January, 2007. On the petition of Ravi Bala Garg the state government handed over the inquiry of the case to CBCID and Dinesh Chandra Tripathi was appointed as the investigation officer.
“Instead of inquiring into the case Tripathi who is resident of Allahabad put pressure on me to sale the bungalow to a politician close to him and to withdraw the FIR against jailed police inspector Shatrughan Singh. I received threat call from mafia Babloo Srivastava to vacate the bungalow”, Garg said.
“I was not aware of the plan of Tripathi he brokered a deal with Imitiaz Ahmed and convinced me to appoint one Lalchandra Nirmal as custodian of the bungalow. The deal was finalized at Rs 11 crore and Rs 1.30 crore was handed to me. The power of attorney was given to Nirmal on July 25, 2008 and when I was out of the city Tripathi got the bungalow demolished on August 1, 2008”, Ravi Bala Garg said.
“I have lodged complaint with the senior government officials as well with District and Session Judge, Allahabad Garg said and added I am being threatened constantly by Dinesh Chandra Tripathi. I have urged the Principal Secretary (Home) and DGP to take strict action against Tripathi and to give protection to my family”, she said.
When contacted Dinesh Chandra Tripathi refuted the allegations of Ravi Bala Garg. “During investigation I found that ownership records of bungalow number 11 produced by Garg was fake and her complaint in the court against Imtiaz was false. She had settled deal with Imtiaz and received Rs 2.75 crore from him. Since I was investigation officer in the case to harass me she filed a complaint in the CBI court, Lucknow”, he said.