Police on Wednesday arrested Amitabha Kejriwal, the son-in-law of former CPM Rajya Sabha member Sarla Maheswari, on the charge of forging the deed of a plot at Kaikhali.
Kejriwal was produced in a Barrackpore court and remanded in four days’ police custody.
Sukumar Santra of Benchmark Developers Private Limited, a Salt Lake-based real-estate company, had lodged a complaint in October 2010 with Barasat court.
Santra had alleged that Kejriwal’s company, Canopy Infrastructure Developers Private Limited, had forged documents related to a four-cottah plot — which Benchmark had purchased — and tried taking possession of it.
The complaint was lodged under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery of record of court or of public register) and 467 (forgery of valuable security, wills, etc).
After the court took cognisance of the complaint, it was forwarded to the airport police station, as the plot was under its jurisdiction.
On Wednesday morning, the police arrested the 38-year-old director of Canopy Infrastructure Developers Private Limited at his Salt Lake home. He was taken to the airport police station and then to the office of the Belghoria SDPO before being produced in the Barrackpore court.
A relative of the Kejriwals said the charges were aimed at “maligning the family”.
“The plot is still in their (Kejriwals’) possession and they have papers to prove that. The charges are all doctored,” he claimed.
Santosh Jaiswal, the director of Benchmark Developers Private Limited, said the arrest was the “first move” towards justice.
“Since 2008, I have been knocking on several doors and lodging many complaints against Kejriwal and his company for trying to forcibly acquire land that belongs to me. The police finally acted after we moved court,” he said.
The case dates back to 1989, when Dharampal Jaiswal and his wife Usha bought the land. In 2007, the couple sold the plot to Santosh Jaiswal’s company, Benchmark.
According to Santosh, all necessary papers, including those related to mutation and payment of taxes, were in order and the records updated in the name of the new buyer.
“In 2008, Amitabha Kejriwal’s men from Canopy suddenly turned up and forcibly took possession of the plot. When we protested, they showed us a deed and claimed that the plot was theirs. We later found the deed was fake,” said a Benchmark source.