Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra, promoters of real estate company Unitech Ltd. have been sent to police custody for four days by a Delhi court in a cheating case related to a residential project in Greater Noida.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg remanded them in custody for the interrogation of an FIR lodged by an 85-year-old lady alleging fraud by the company and its Directors for not giving the possession of the apartment she booked in 2006.
The FIR was lodged in 2016, said that in March 2006, Unitech had floated a housing project in Greater Noida called ‘Unitech Cascades’ which she booked in the same year for Rs. 43 lakh.
Out of this amount, Rs. 41 lakh she has already paid for the flat, which was supposed to be delivered to her by April 2008 as per flat buyer cum allottment letter, it claims.
However, as the delivery date was coming near, the company officials told them that they were running behind the schedule and the flat would be deliverd by the last quarter of 2008.
Later, the company officials stopped responding to the complainant’s queries and they did not update her about the status of the construction, the FIR alleged, adding that till date, the construction was not complete.
The Chandras have been accused of offences under sections 420 (cheating), 120B(criminal conspiracy) and 406(criminal breach of trust) of the IPC.
In the same project, another buyer had lodged a cheating complaint against the Unitech promoters in which a session judge ordered initiation of proceedings against Chandras had last year saying that they had “guilty intention to cheat from the beginning”.
In last few years, several FIRs have been lodged against the Unitech top brass for allegedly cheating homebuyers by not delivering them properties purchased from their firm’s housing projects.
Sanjay and his brother Ajay Chandra, both are the managing directors of Unitech, theywere sent to the jail last month for a cheating case against them by the flat-owners in a Gurgaon project. Trial court had granted them interim bail for three months in April and declined to extend it.