The sleuths of Crime Branch Jammu on Wednesday registered a fraud case against a couple, an official here said.
He said a case has been registered against suspect Bashir Ahmed and his wife Meena for their involvement in hatching a criminal conspiracy and cheating the complainant of Rs 8,00,000/- after offering the sale of their house to him against a total monetary consideration of Rs. 11 lakhs, despite knowing the fact that the land they were offering for sale, actually belonged to State Defence Cantonment and water works.
“A written complaint was lodged by one Sandeep Kumar Suri alleging therein 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 lakhs and on the request of the accused the complainant paid an amount of Rs 8 lakhs as advance money with the rest of the amount to be paid at the time of registration of sale deed and handing over the possession of the house,” the spokesman said.
He added that an agreement to sell was also executed between the two and the complainant 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 more than one year, the complainant got suspicious over the behaviour of the accused and 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 them and they are in illegal possession of the land,” the spokesman said.
The complainant then insisted the accused person refund his advance amount paid to the accused.
“The accused assured the complainant that he would be proceeding on voluntarily 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 Lakhs with undue benefit to himself,” he said.
On receipt of a complaint, a preliminary verification was got conducted and during the course of the enquiry, a 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,” the spokesman said.
A formal criminal case is registered under relevant sections and further investigation is in progress, he said.