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Manila NRI's plot at South Delhi sold valued at Rs 1.5 crore fraudulently, five held



Five men were arrested on Thursday for grabbing an NRI's plot of land at Greater Kailash II in South Delhi. The accused apparently also sold off the land, valued at Rs 1.5 crore, to a businessman in Haryana by using forged documents.

Two of the accused, Rameshwar Brar (47) and Gurmeet Brar (51), allegedly induced the businessman, Swatantra Sehgal, to buy the property by offering it for Rs 90 lakh.

Sehgal was told that the land was owned by one Rajinder Pal who was bed-ridden and wanted to dispose off the property as he was in urgent need of money. Rajinder is another accused in the case who has been arrested.

"Sehgal paid the money, but when he went to acquire the land, he was confronted by another man, Gurbachan Pal, who claimed to be the real owner of the property. A case of cheating was registered in Chittaranjan Park police station on August 22," said DCP (economic offences wing) Dinesh Bhat.

Investigations revealed that the land was originally allotted to Gurbachan Lal by DLF in 1973. A cloth merchant by profession, Lal left for Manila in Philippines next year and settled there. The land had been lying vacant since then.

The accused were also contemplating to sell off the same property to a Kirti Nagar businessman for Rs 80 lakh. Another accused, Devkinandan (57), was negotiating the deal with the businessman by impersonating Gurbachan Lal.

"The investigations further revealed that the property was also mortgaged with the State Bank of Patiala by Devkinandan who impersonated Lal. The same property was even found mortgaged with Haryana State Industrial Finance Corporation for more than Rs 1 crore. The ill-gotten money from the property amounts to almost Rs 2.5 crore," said a senior police officer.

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