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Man held for forging property papers

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2011 01:02 IST
HT Correspondent

The MRA Marg police, on Thursday, arrested a man who allegedly forged documents to gain ownership of a three-storey building at Masjid Bunder.

According to the police, Abdul Coatwala, 56, was arrested after Asif Iqbal, the legal owner of the property, filed a First Information Report (FIR) at MRA Marg police station.

The dispute first came to light when Coatwala filed a case against Iqbal last week, alleging that Iqbal had forged the title deed to gain ownership of the building, which is valued around Rs5 lakh.

In his defence, Iqbal submitted documents which showed that he had purchased the property in 2003, including the property’s original papers which dated back 60 years.

Following this, the police began investigating the matter and found that Coatwala had forged the documents.

“Investigations revealed that Coatwala had forged documents to show that he was the owner of the property, including the owner’s name on the property card. When we went through the documents, we realised he had lied. We arrested him immediately,” said senior police inspector Padmakar Juikar.

“Coatwala was produced before the Ballard Pier court on Friday which remanded him in police custody till June 28. Investigations are on to trace the other accused who aided Coatwala in forging the documents. We are also trying to found what role the previous owners might have played in the matter,” he added.