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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Cheats framed for selling bungalow

The four thugs intending to fraudulently dispose off Pakistan High Commissioner's bungalow for a meager amount were arrested, informs Shakti Sharma.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 16:25 IST
Shakti Sharma
Shakti Sharma

We saw Bunty and Bubbly leasing out Taj Mahal for the wedding of a firang in a bollywood flick but never thought that a  similar incident can take place in real life also. The only difference being the cheats in this case were four in number and the object of fraud was Pakistan High Commissioner's bungalow at Panchsheel Park.

The four cheats took advantage of the fact that the bungalow was lying vacant at that time. They intended to dispose off the property worth Rs. 12 crore for a meager 1.5 crore.

For this, they approached the security guard Harbir Singh and made him a part of their scheme by offering a hefty sum of 7 lakhs.

Thereafter, the thugs started living in the vacant building, approached various property dealers and offered the bungalow for just 5 crores. They also weaved a story that one of the cheats Vishal Sharma's father Vijay Sharma had been working as a domestic help with Yash Pal Luthra, who died long back in 1987. The owner wrote the property in Vijay Sharma's name in his will, on whose death, Vishal became the rightful owner of the property.

Soon, through two property dealers, Surrener Babbar of Mansarover Garden and Pradeep Suri of Karol Bagh area, the thugs managed a client Ronnit Biswas of Nagpur. When inquired about the authenticity of their clients, the property dealers contacted security guard Harbir Singh who confirmed that the property was owned by Vishal.

Finally, the deal was struck for five crores out of which Ronnit Biswas paid Rs. 1.5 crore as the signing amount to Vishal after going through the fake will of Yash Pal Luthra.

The cheats however allege that they actually received Rs 85 lakh in return of a receipt of 1.50 crore, as the currency notes were in 100 rupee denomination and it was impossible to count them then and there. The thugs were however reportedly happy with whatever they got.

They paid Harbir 2 lakhs and distributed rest of the amount among themselves. After handing over the possession of the property, the cheats disappeared and the new owner appointed his own security guard.

Later, on seeing the new security guard, the neighbour's guard asked the whereabouts of previous security guard on which he told him that the bungalow was purchased by Ronnit Biswas.

Shocked by this, he informed his owner about the sale of the neighbouring bungalow. The neighbour contacted the owner, who was obviously shocked to hear this and rushed to his bungalow.

Since the cheats lived in the bungalow with fake names, police found it tough to trace them. Subsequently, case was transferred to the special staff of south district police.

Acting on a tip off, the special staff sleuths managed to arrest all the five accused.

First Published: Jan 24, 2007 16:25 IST