Delhi builder arrested for duping people of Rs 1.2 crores, by selling them sold flats

A Delhi-based builder has been arrested for allegedly cheating people to the tune of Rs 1.2 crores by selling flats that were already sold to them in south Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri

A 37-year-old builder, identified as Yogesh Kumar Bhati, a resident of Sultanpur village in the national capital, was arrested on April 2, 2019, for selling the same property through sale deeds to different persons and receiving Rs 30 lakhs per flat from the buyers, the police said. The Fatehpur Beri police station received multiple complaints against Bhati, alleging that he sold already sold flats to different persons.

On March 8, a complainant, Sanjeet Kumar alleged that Bhati has cheated him of lakhs by re-selling a flat that he had already sold to him. According to Sanjeet Kumar, he had booked a flat in Sultanpur village, through a sale agreement dated January 27, 2017, with Bhati, the deputy commissioner of police (south) Vijay Kumar said. The total value of the flat was Rs 28 lakhs and he paid the entire amount to Bhati in different transactions. He got the sale deed registered in the name of his wife, dated August 29, 2018. Possession of the flat was handed over to him and he had put a lock on his flat, as some renovation work was to be carried out by Bhati, Sanjeet Kumar said.

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However, on January 7, 2019, when Sanjeet went to his flat, he found some people inside his flat and learnt that they had also purchased the flat from Bhati, he added. When questioned, Bhati agreed to return his money with damages. He handed over two cheques of Rs 34 lakhs and promised to pay the remaining balance with damages, after a few days. When Sanjeet presented the cheque to his bank, cheques bounced with remarks of ‘payments stopped’, the DCP said.

Another complainant, Tanuj Kumar alleged that he purchased the third floor of a property at Sultanpur village from Bhati for Rs 60 lakhs. He paid the amount in different transactions through cheque and cash, he said. Bhati told him that some renovation work had to be carried out. When the complainant visited the said property, he noticed that three people were occupying portions of the third floor of the said property, the officer said. Details of the bank account used by the accused persons to receive the money, are being verified and further investigation is underway, the police said.

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