Gurgaon man takes earthmover on rent, sells it for ₹17 lakh

Police said the earthmover, owned by Mehar Singh, had been taken on rent for three years in May

gurgaon Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:01 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Hindustan Times
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A FIR was registered based on the complaint of Mehar Singh, the owner, in Gurgaon on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

A man allegedly duped a Gurgaon contractor of his earthmover by taking it on hire and then selling it off for a handsome profit.

A FIR was registered based on the complaint of Mehar Singh, the owner, in Gurgaon on Friday.

According to the police, Vaibhav Jain, a contractor who lives in Sector 40, Gurgaon, took Singh’s earthmover on rent for three years in May. Within three days, he allegedly sold it off to another contractor for Rs 17, 50,000 and also took Rs 5 lakh in advance.

Singh, who hails from Rewali village in Sonepat, has since then been doing the rounds of police stations — first in Sonepat and then in Gurgaon — to get his machine back but in vain. An FIR was registered at Sector 40 police station in Gurgaon on Friday.

“Rakesh, a relative of Jain’s, came to me in the first week of May and told me that Jain was looking to lease an earthmover. I have been dealing with Rakesh for a long time. After I was satisfied that the request was genuine, I entered into an agreement with Jain on May 10,” 58-year-old Mehar Singh said.

He said he handed over the earthmover to Jain in Gurgaon on May 12, and, on May 15, Jian allegedly sold it off to one Dharamvir, in Palwal, police said.

Singh came to know about ‘the fraud’ only on May 29 when he had gone to Palwal for some work.

“I saw my earthmover there and, on enquiring, I found out that Dharamvir had procured it from Gurgaon. He told me that he bought it for Rs 17,50,000 and paid an advance of Rs 5 lakh,” Singh said.

The 58-year-old immediately phoned Jain, but he allegedly didn’t pick the call. Singh went to the Jain’s house in Gurgaon, but he refused to meet Singh, the complainant told police.

He approached the police in Sonepat to register an FIR of fraud, but he was allegedly turned away.

“The Sonepat police asked me to file a complaint in Gurgaon, which I did, on June 3 at Sector 40 police station. An FIR on my complaint was registered on Friday, June 23. Till now, no action has been taken on my complaint,” Singh said.

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Explaining the delay in registering the FIR, police said in such cases, an FIR can only be registered after verifying all facts.

“In cases of section 420 (cheating), police have to verify all facts, as told by the complainant. After that, a report is prepared and sent to the ACP and the DCP. Only after we get the approval, can we register an FIR,” assistant sub-inspector Mangal of Sector 40 police station, the investigating officer, said.

An FIR under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code was registered on Friday.

“This isn’t the first time that I have rented out an earthmover. I have three earthmovers and I have leased them to nine different contractors till date. This is first time I have been cheated like this,” Singh claimed.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 23:01 IST