Mateen Hafeez | TNN | Updated: May 23, 2018, 04:51 IST
MUMBAI: The city economic offences wing (EOW) has registered a case against city developer HDIL, its subsidiary firm, Guruashish Construction and its directors, Sarang and Rakesh Wadhwan, for allegedly cheating over 465 flat buyers of Rs 131 crore.
The builder promised to hand over the flats in a project called The Meadows in Patra Chawl, Goregaon, in 2015. However, the flat buyers neither got the possession of their flats nor their money back.
Andheri resident Amar Anvekar first lodged a complaint with the Goregaon police on May 18. After registering the complaint, the probe was transferred to the EOW. The accused have been booked for cheating and criminal conspiracy under the IPC and sections of the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act have also been invoked against them. No arrests have been made so far.
A police officer said the complainant was told by the developer the price of his 2BHK flat was Rs 81 lakh. He made initial payment of Rs 2 lakh and booked the flat in 2010, and was promised possession by 2015. By then, he had paid nearly Rs 25.7 lakh to the accused. “Anvekar told us that during that time, the developers asked him to deposit his receipts of payment and allotment letter to them. He was given fresh receipts of payment and allotment letter. This time, the new documents were shown as issued by Guruashish Construction and not HDIL. Moreover, the location of his flat was also changed from seventh floor to eighth floor and the accused claimed they had to do it due to the changes in the development control rules.”
HDIL, in its statement, said its subsidiary Guruashish Construction is presently under the process of insolvency before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). “A resolution professional has been appointed and committee of creditor has been directing the affairs of the company. A resolution plan is under progress and shall be soon submitted to the NCLT for its approval, and once confirmed the project work of ‘The Meadows’ shall resume,” it said. The statement added that the Bombay high court was appraised about the proceedings before the NCLT. “We would like to further clarify that the directors of the company are not served any notices or FIR by any authority,” said the statment by HDIL.
The Times of India, May 23, 2018