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Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

Woman returns to claim parents’ house

A woman claiming to be the daughter of a long dead Sainik Farms couple returns home - 6 yrs after she disappeared - to lay claim to their sprawling farmhouse worth crores, reports Ravi Bajpai.

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2008 00:19 IST
Ravi Bajpai
Ravi Bajpai
Hindustan Times

A woman claiming to be the daughter of a long dead Sainik Farms couple has returned home –– six years after she disappeared mysteriously –– to lay claim to their sprawling farmhouse worth crores.

The Delhi Police have been searching for this woman, Radhika Narayan, since 2002 when she went missing.

The police said Radhika, a teenager then, was adopted by the couple –– Coomar and Geeta Narayan –– who lived in Block E, Sainik Farms.

The couple’s past is as mysterious as the new twist in their tale. Coomar was arrested on charges of espionage and died a natural death in 2000. Two years later, Geeta was found murdered in her house by suspected robbers, who are still at large.

Sometime between the two tragedies, Radhika disappeared, leaving no one to inherit the couple’s property. A missing report was lodged with the police but she couldn’t be traced, police said. “It was said she ran away with someone known to the family, and her case died a slow death,” said an officer.

A few weeks back, a woman in her 20s, claiming to be Radhika, tried to enter the bungalow a few weeks back. Her attempt was foiled by the police, who still had the house keys and were “keeping a watch” on the property.

“We don’t know who she is. Radhika was the Narayans’ adopted daughter so there’s no scope for any scientific proof. She doesn’t have any identity documents,” said an officer who is part of an official inquiry team probing her claims.

Radhika was a teenager when she disappeared. The police have carried out a bone marrow test of the claimant to ascertain her age that would help in verifying the claim, said an officer.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Rajesh Kumar said ultimately, it was for the district administration to decide the ownership to such properties.

Another officer said they had initiated proceedings under Section 145 of the CrPC, wherein police submit to the area’s Sub Divisional Magistrate all documents related to such properties and their claimants, for a final call.

In the latest case, the police are wary of the woman’s claims, particularly as more such claimants have come up in the recent past, said an officer.

A retired Inspector of the Delhi Police recently brought a power of attorney signed by ‘Radhika’ that transferred the ownership of the property to him, said an officer.

“A vigilance inquiry was ordered after his claims were found bogus,” said an officer.