Mumbai, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

Police today arrested a city-based builder for allegedly cheating and forging papers of a family, which owned nine properties in a building in western suburb of Bandra.


Bhimraj Zhaveri (50) owned nine properties at Rajab Cottage and Baksobhai Mansion at Hill Road in western suburb of Bandra. Builder Arun Soni wished to buy the property for redevelopment and asked Zhaveri to give the possession of his nine properties in 2010.

Zhaveri agreed for a rent of Rs 20,000 per month. Zhaveri and his family then vacated and moved to another place.

Assistant police inspector Asha Korke of Bandra police station said, 'The builder was not paying the rent to the family and so Zhaveri sent a notice to the builder for his nine properties. The builder sent a reply stating that he owned only one property making the victim suspicious. The victim then filed an RTI application with Bandra registrar's office to find the plan submitted by the builder and also details about the tenants.'

Korke added, 'He (Zhaveri) was shocked to find two papers from the registrar missing from the file and that he owned only one property. He then approached the police station and we started the inquiry. During the course of investigation, we found that papers have been forged and even missing from the files.'

The names of eight members of the family have been missing and there is only one property in Zhaveri's name as of now. Cops are also inquiring and have found that someone from the registrar's office is also involved.

They are conducting inquiries on the involvement from within the office and will make arrests accordingly. The Bandra cops have filed a case against the builder for cheating and forgery and further have arrested him.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)