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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019

Another FIR of fraud against Ansal API group

  Updated: Oct 04, 2019 19:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

LUCKNOW Another complaint of fraud and criminal breach of trust was registered against north India’s real estate giant Ansal API group with the Hazratganj police station here on Thursday.

In the fresh FIR, a brother and sister duo has accused the group of accepting around ₹25.04 lakh through cheques for booking two flats but did not fulfil the promise and also did not return the money.

As many as 24 criminal cases are lodged against the group and its authorities at different police stations in Lucknow since 2017.

On September 29, the group’s vice chairman Pranav Ansal was arrested by Lucknow police after he was detained by immigration authorities at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, when he was about to board a flight to London. He and his father Sushil Ansal, who is chairman of the group, were wanted in several cases of fraud and criminal breach of trust.

In the latest FIR, complainant Kartik Sahay mentioned that he and his sister Ritu Jauhari had booked two 2-bed room flats in Ansal’s upcoming project — Orchard Greens — at Sector K of Ansal Golf City on October 31, 2012. He said they paid ₹ 12.64 lakh and ₹ 12.40 lakh, separately, as booking amount for the two flats and its possession was promised to be given in three years.

The complainant said they demanded their amount back along with 10 per cent interest, as promised by the group authorities, when the project work did not start till March 26, 2018. He added the group authorities, after much pursuance, returned only ₹2.95 lakh and was reluctant to returning the remaining amount.

Sahay said they had paid the total principal amount of ₹ 25.04 lakh, which has increased to ₹ 41.21 lakh with 10 per cent interest in the last seven years. He said he and his sister want their pending amount of ₹38.26 lakh back but the group authorities kept were misleading them.

Pranav Ansal has previously dismissed the allegations against him by saying the charges were “false and frivolous.”

SSP of Lucknow, Kalanidhi Naithani said Pranav and his father Sunil Ansal are accused in at least 15 criminal cases registered at Hazratganj police station. He said, similarly, five criminal cases were registered against the duo with PGI police station, three criminal cases with Vibhuti Khand police station and one case at Gomti Nagar police station.

He said two directors of the group, Arun Mishra and Harish Gulla, were arrested earlier in two cases registered with the Vibhuti Khand police station.