Srinagar: Crime Branch Jammu Wednesday booked a couple of Satwari Jammu in a criminal case for involvement in hatching criminal conspiracy and cheating a complainant of Rs 8,00,000/.
The duo has been identified as Bashir Ahmed, son of Shah Muhammad and his wife Meena both residents of Narwal area in Satwari.
Crime Branch in a statement said that the couple after offering sale of their house to the complainant against a total monetary consideration of Rs.11.00 Lacs, despite knowing the fact that the land they were offering for sale, actually belonged to State/Defence Cantonment/Waterworks.
“A written complaint was lodged by Sandeep Kumar Suri alleging that the accused couple after getting the knowledge of his requirement of a residential house, offered to sell their house for a total consideration amount of Rs 11,00,000/ and on the request of the accused the complainant paid an amount of Rs 8,00,000/ as advance money with rest of the amount to be paid at the time of registration of sale deed /handing over the possession of said house.”
The statement said that an agreement to sell was also executed between the two. The complainant had requested the accused number of times to execute the sale deed and hand over the possession of the house to him but the accused delayed it on one or the other pretext. After waiting for about 1 ½ years, the complainant got suspicious over the behaviour of the accused and he enquired from the Revenue Department about the status of the land and house in question, where he came to know that the land over which the house of the accused exists does not belong to the accused and they are in illegal possession of the land. The complainant then insisted the accused person for a refund of his advance amount paid to the accused. The accused assured the complainant that he would be proceeding on voluntary retirement from service and would refund his money from the retirement benefits, whereas the accused had already taken retirement benefits way back, thus duping the complainant of Rs. 8.00 Lacs with undue benefit to himself.
“On receipt of this complaint, a preliminary verification was conducted and during the course of enquiry, relevant revenue record was obtained. The documents like Agreement to Sell, Hundi papers were also obtained. The allegations levelled by the complainant were prima-facie substantiated. Thus, for the omissions and commissions on the part of the suspect couple, a formal criminal case has been registered under section 420,120-B IPC for in-depth investigation.”
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