Jamshedpur police on Thursday lodged an FIR against a builder and three others for allegedly grabbing a portion of a building at a prime location in Bistupur through fraudulent means.
Ashok Singh, owner of Manisha Builders, along with his aides Abid Ali, Aslam Khan and Santosh Sahu have been accused of grabbing a 1,000sqft area in a building belonging to Tisco Friends’ Co-operative Credit Society (TFCCS) by producing a fake cheque. They have been booked under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (misappropriating other’s property fraudulently) of the IPC.
Bistupur police acted after the court of chief judicial magistrate instructed them to register a case against the four on Wednesday. Vice-chairman of the society S.K. Murad Ali had filed a complaint petition with the court recently.
Abid was the former chairman of TFCCS, while Aslam and Santosh were key functionaries of the society’s former management committee.
All three had earlier been booked in another case related to the same property and were sent to jail. While Abid and Aslam were able to get bail, Santosh is still lodged at Ghaghidih Central Jail.
According to the complainant, builder Ashok, a resident of Sonari, had allegedly constructed an office on a portion of TFCCS building after arriving at an agreement with Abid. Construction was completed in 2012.
But Murad Ali challenged the agreement and lodged a complaint with East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar. The SSP directed deputy superintendent of police J. Karketta to conduct an inquiry.
During the probe, the builder claimed that he had paid the society Rs 3.29 lakh via cheque after getting the allotment of the 1,000sqft space.
But investigations revealed that the cheque was fake and that no payment was made for acquiring the portion of the building. Murad Ali then filed a complaint case against Ashok and the others last month, accusing them of fraud.
Assistant sub-inspector Sitaram Singh, investigating officer of the case, said: “Santosh is already in jail, while the rest, including Ashok, will be caught soon.”
Nazir Hussain, legal adviser of TFCCS, claimed that the dispute involving Ashok, Abid and Aslam dated back to 2005. According to him, the builder and his associates had sold space at the building, which was being converted into a market complex, at a premium while listing lesser prices on official documents.
“When Murad Ali detected the foul play, he lodged an FIR against Abid, Aslam and Santosh in 2012 though Ashok was not named. Police arrested the trio, while construction work was stalled,” he added.