Friday, October 25, 2013

Builder Chandru Raheja, sons chargesheeted in land scam

MUMBAI: In a sensational case, the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police has filed a charge sheet against well known builder Chandru Raheja along with his sons in a cheating case involving a land development deal.

The Economic Offences wing of the Police said they filed the case against Chandru Lachmandas Raheja, Neil Chandru Raheja and Ravi Chandru Raheja  in connection with alleged cheating and breach of trust.

The facts of the case as listed in the charge-sheet are: Mr. Nusli N. Wadia, the Administrator of “The Estate and Effects of The Late Eduljee Framroze Dinshaw in India” executed Development Agreement & Power of Attorney dated 02/01/1995 with Chandru Lachmandas Raheja’s “Ivory Properties and Hotels Pvt. Ltd. for development of properties under his possession.

As per the said Development Agreement, the Administrator had handed over possession of land admeasuring 1,70,656 sq ft to the accused as Agent for development of the land.

The Accused were to construct building called as Ivory Tower and give 12% of sale proceeds from the sale of the building to the Administrator. Further, as per the Development Agreement, the accused were to pay sum of Rs. 3.75 crores to the Administrator as minimum guarantee during the year 1997 and sell the units to “third parties”.

The accused, however, misrepresented that the administrator relinquished his rights over the land and prepared 9 release deeds. Thereafter, during the year 2005-2006, the accused constructed Hypercity Mall on the said land and did not disclose with malafide intentions the same to the Administrator.

Thereafter, under a “conducting agreement”, the accused gave the contract for running the Hypercity mall to their own company – Hypercity Retail India Pvt. Ltd. for monthly rental of Rs. 45 lakhs thereby cheating the Administrator for a sum of Rs. 6,87,06,835.

Hence, the accused i.e. Chandru Lachmandas Raheja, Neil Chandru Raheja and Ravi Chandru Raheja have been charged for crimes conducted under sections 406, 409, 420, 120(B) of Indian Penal Code, the charge sheet said.