The prime minister’s office (PMO) has brought cheer to a flat buyer, Sakarben Cheddah (72), who was allegedly duped by developer Ramesh Seth of Suresh Enterprises. The police in Tilak Nagar registered an offence of cheating and forgery late on Saturday after the PMO intervened.
Police are likely to send summons to Seth and may arrest him. He has been accused of mortgaging Cheddah’s flat to a finance company without her knowledge. “I am happy the PM gave us justice. We had been running from pillar to post but nobody heard us,” said Sakarben. Two years after Sakarben bought the flat from Seth, officials of GIC Housing Finance told her that they wanted to seize the house as the builder had defaulted on a Rs 29 lakh bank loan. “The builder gave us a NOC so that we could take a bank loan. He told us in writing that the flat had a clear title,” said Sakarben’s son Manish.
“We were shocked as I had invested my husband’s earnings in the flat. Seth never informed us that he had mortgaged it and taken a loan,” added Sakarben.
Sakarben showed the finance company officials all the property documents, including registration, sale deed and the undertaking from the builder, but they refused to pay heed.
On January 6, 2015, the company’s officials arrived with the Tilak Nagar police along with nearly two dozen people to evict the family with a court order. Sakarben requested the officials to give her some time so that she could arrange for an alternative accommodation. Sakarben approached Seth but he refused to entertain her. Sakarben then filed a complaint against Seth and the finance company officials and brought a stay on the eviction.
“We have registered the complaint and are collecting the original documents and recording statements of various people. GIC too lodged a complaint with metropolitan court which has directed the LT Marg police to register a case against Seth for cheating,” said Vijay Khaire, senior inspector of Tilak Nagar police station. The interest component of the unpaid loan had touched Rs1.2 crore.