Pune: Four persons, including the proprietor of Ravi’s Dairy Farm Products Pvt Ltd, have been booked by Bund Garden police for allegedly trying to usurp a 900 sq ft property by preparing forged documents to show that it was purchased, while in reality, it was given on rent, the FIR states.
The firm operates from the property located at Indrashankar Nagari on Paud Road in Kothrud. Businessman Atul Kantilal Chopda (49), who owns the property, has lodged the complaint against the firm’s proprietor Ravindra Sharma (Saraswat), advocate and notary SB Belhe and two witnesses, Gopal Nagraj of Aundh and Tulsi Sharma of Pashan, who had signed the forged documents.
According to the FIR, from 2002 till 2008, the flat was given on rent to Ravi’s Dairy Farm Products Pvt Ltd and from 2008 till 2016, it was on rent in the name of Sharma. “He didn’t pay the rent on time. Once the cheque had bounced in 2003, and since then, he used to pay the rent (then Rs 4,500) in cash. In 2007, he had made changes with electricity meter following which MSEDCL had filed a complaint against me and it was resolved in 2014,” Chopda stated in the FIR.
He further added, “In January 2016, when the leave and license agreement period was over, I asked him to hand over the possession of the flat to me, as I didn’t want to renew the agreement. When he didn’t give back the possession, I filed a complaint with the competent authority. It was then that he filed the property documents, claiming that he had purchased it for Rs 4.9 lakh. My signature was forged by the accused and with the help of a notary and two other witnesses, the sale agreement was prepared on Rs 10 stamp paper in 1997. I have got a report from the handwriting expert that my signature is forged. The document also mentions that Sharma has paid me Rs 3.4 lakh, which is false. In fact, if we consider his date of birth given on his Aadhaar card, Sharma was a minor in 1997. Also, they claim that the sale agreement was lost in Delhi and that he has lodged a complaint there. He has produced the true copy of the agreement from notary Belhe.”
Police have booked the accused persons for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).