Hardeep Singh said, “My mother Gurwinder Kaur along with younger sister Jasdeep Kaur and younger brother Gagandeep Singh migrated to Canada in 2003 and settled in Montreal. I could not accompany them because I was involved in a civil litigation with one of our tenants. Later, my brother fell in love with Manjot Bedi of Montreal and their affair continued till the end of 2011. My brother married her on December 4, 2012. During courtship, the family of Manjot got wind of the internal affairs of our family.”
“Before marriage, the girl's family of girl put forth the condition that the marriage would be solemnised only when the would-be groom shifted to Calgary since they could not live without their daughter. In good faith and for the happiness of my brother, my family agreed to accept their conditions and we sold our property,” he claimed.
After winning the confidence of my family, the young woman and her family managed to convince our family to purchase new houses in Calgary and get the sale deed registered in favour of Manjot Kaur, to which we acceded. Two houses worth Rs. 7.5 crore were purchase. As soon as the title deed was got registered in her name, the girl and her family changed their attitude and threw my family out of the houses,” the Jalandhar resident rued.
He further claimed that they also convinced him of migrating abroad and duped him of Rs. 10.5 lakh on the pretext that he should not tell his family about his settlement in Canada. Hardeep alleged that he not only gave the money to them but also transferred property in his name in India to Manjot.
“My family is broke now, both emotionally and financially. We have lost properties worth nearly Rs. 8.5 crore to the fraud family. Now we are seeking legal recourse. An FIR under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the IPC had been registered against Manjot Kaur, her father Amarjeet Bedi and mother Harminder Bedi at Shahkot police station on June 15, 2013, after investigations. In Canada also, our case had been registered on July 3 with Calgary police who have started investigations,” he revealed.
“We see several cases from Punjabis who go abroad on marriage basis. In hurry, they forget to verify the credentials of the families settled there. People should thoroughly investigate history of such NRI families here as well as abroad. Several forums are available these days, services of which people can avail of,” said passport officer Harmanbir Singh.