Saturday, April 25, 2015

Govt staffer, friend `buy flats' from baba, duped of Rs 44 lakh

Mumbai: A rationing officer and her friend, who paid Rs 44 lakh to an astrologer for the purchase of two Mhada flats, have lodged a complaint with the Bandra police.
Mahesh Tak (56) and his aide, Pravin Sankhe (37), who were arrested in another case, are currently in Arthur Road jail. They were arrested by the economic offences wing (EOW) for allegedly duping a civil engineer of Rs 7.87 crore by offering to procure a Mhada plot at a concessional rate.

Ramchandra Dhawale, senior inspector of Bandra police station, confirmed receiving the complaint. “Tak met the rationing officer and prepared her horoscope,“ said a police source. “Tak told her that she was like his sister and later offered her a Mhada flat for Rs 23 lakh. He also told her that he owned another apart ment and mentioned that he wanted to sell it after which the rationing officer introduced Tak to her friend,“ the source added.

Tak drew up a sale deed and handed over fake papers of the flats to the two. Investigators had seized fake seals of a key Constitu tional functionary , government departments and bureaucrats from Tak and Sankhe. “Tak had promised people that he could procure mining contracts and cheated them of lakhs. He sold forged wine shop licences and in one case quoted Rs 1.25 crore for doing the paperwork,“ said an EOW officer.

“Tak took Rs 50 lakh from several job aspirants by promising them employment in the Indian Navy's accounts department. All the letters were forged,“ the officer added. Tak teamed up with Sankhe, a computer engineer, as the latter was close to some Mhada officials.

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