UT Police said on Thursday they had booked a Ludhiana-based property developer for cheating a doctor out of Rs 29 lakh on the pretext of providing him with an apartment in Kandaghat in Himachal Pradesh.
Police identified the booked promoter as Amanpreet Singh Sodhi.
According to the police, the plaintiff in the case, identified as RS Sachdeva, a resident of Sector 15, reported that he had booked an apartment in Kandaghat Solan in May 2012, through Prithvi Infra Developers, New Delhi, and that he had paid the full amount for the property, which amounted to around Rs 29 lakh, in November 2016.
The complaint further stated that the real estate company later found itself under investigation by the central investigative agencies, which caused them to not hand over the apartment to Sachdeva.
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DSP (DCIC) Devinder Sharma said, “We have received the complaint and have opened an investigation. During the survey, we learned that there were many others who had paid in full for their apartment but never returned possession of their properties. The investigation revealed that some of the property company’s accounts had been seized by the central investigation agencies. We have filed an FIR and further investigation is ongoing.
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Sources said the defendant, Amanpreet Singh Sodhi, promised Sachdeva to return his money after he failed to deliver the apartment and also gave an affidavit to the doctor about it. But the money was not returned to Sachdeva, who recently retired from GMSH-16. A case under Section 420 (deception) was then registered at the Sector 34 Police Station.