A corporator, accused of forging documents to usurp a plot at Bhandup, was arrested on Thursday after the sessions court rejected his bail application.
Corporator Suresh Shinde allegedly forged documents to claim ownership of a 4,000 sqft plot, which was owned by Ram Milan Das, who had been killed in 1989. According to Shinde’s bail application, however, he purchased the land from Das for Rs2 lakh in September 1992.
Shinde had moved court after one Sunil Joshi registered a police complaint against him.
In his application, Shinde claimed that he was not aware that Das had been murdered. “I have been cheated because the person from whom I purchased the land may have been impersonating Das,” said Shinde’s application.
“The documents of sale were notarised by a notary officer and I (Shinde) and the man claiming to be Das were present before the officer,” Shinde said.
Shinde also claimed that the land was reserved for agricultural purposes, following which he had submitted an application with the Additional District Collector in 2001, seeking permission to use the land for non-agricultural purposes.
“I was granted permission in 2009,” Shinde said in his application.
The court, however, rejected his application following which he was arrested by the Bhandup police.