NRIs Property Owners : Beware

     NRIs who own properties in India should be very careful in disclosing details of ownership or parting with their documents.

    Please note that the system of police investigations and judicial process is biased against the innocent persons and protects knowingly or unknowingly the crooked.


Singh used to visit NRIs abroad and get details of their land

         At first glance, Dheeraj Singh appears to be just a successful real estate developer operating in Delhi.
However, the secret behind his success was a flourishing business of crime–grabbing properties owned by NRIs. Singh’s dream run came to an end on Sunday when the police arrested him.

       Singh used to visit foreign countries, befriend the NRIs living there, collect information regarding their properties in India and later grab them using forged documents.

      Upon his return, he and his accomplices would prepare forged documents regarding the properties of the NRIs and grab them.

     Singh runs two companies–DS Industry and Himland Real Estate in Punjab.

        He has recently undertaken a project to develop land and build flats at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh.

         “The accused, his wife and brother Ram Niwas, were earlier arrested by the anticorruption branch, CBI, Chandigarh, for cheating crores of rupees from PNB, Chandigarh Branch, by taking a loan for the said project on forged documents,“ Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south) said.

      Singh was arrested after one Surender Malhotra lodged a complaint in January that Singh and Ram Niwas had allegedly usurped the property of a UKbased NRI.

      “The complainant Surender told us the NRI had given him the power of attorney,“ police said. During the investigation, police found that Singh and Ram Niwas were out on bail.

      Singh had visited UK last year and met Raj Rani in Birmingham and got photocopies of the documents of her property located at R-4 Green Park Extension.

         After that he prepared a forged `Receipt-cum-Possession Letter’ by forging the landlady’s signatures and one of the witnesses and took possession on the second floor of the property. Raj Niwas is yet to be arrested.

excerpts from HT of 23 June 2011

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