HYDERABAD: In what could well turn out to be one of Hyderabad\'s biggest real estate scams, 65 customers of Tellapur-based Aliens Space Station-I project have collectively lodged a police complaint accusing the developer, Aliens Group, of cheating and criminal intimidation. The total worth of the scam, they allege, is more than Rs 300 crore that the company has swindled from over 390 buyers.
Ramachandrapuram police have registered an FIR (No: 14/2015) against the three accused—Hari Challa, Venkat Prasanna Challa and CVR Choudary, who comprise the senior management of the realty firm—under Sections 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.
\"They are refusing to hand over constructed flats to the owners and instead, asking for extra money than agreed as per sale agreements. In fact, I came to know that a single flat is being sold to multiple customers,\" stated the police complaint, registered in the name of 64 buyers.
One such victim is Prashanth V, who bought a property in the much-publicised venture for Rs 36.98 lakh in 2010. \"I subsequently registered the apartment in 2012. But in 2013, to my utter surprise, I found out that the developers had sold the same unit to another customer for Rs 63 lakh (approx),\" the aggrieved buyer said.
Prashanth\'s worst fears, however, came true when police refused to cooperate and closed his FIR (lodged in March 2014) terming it \'false\'. \"They conveniently changed the floor of my apartment to prove that my complaint wasn\'t authentic,\" he rued.
Another buyer Ramesh Visunagari has now been asked to cough up an additional Rs 40 lakh by the developer for a flat that he bought for Rs 37.70 lakh (as per the sale deed) in 2010. In his case too, the same house has been sold to another buyer, Ashok Boddeda, for over Rs 54 lakh in 2013. An FIR in this case is still pending with police. Related documents are in possession of TOI.
\"There are dozens of such cases wherein the matter is either pending with police or state/national consumer forum,\" Visunagari lamented. Burdened with EMIs but no homes, these buyers, mostly IT professionals and NRIs, are running from pillar to post to either get their hard-earned deposits back or get possession of their houses.
\"I have been left so financially drained that my family and I are now forced to live with my in-laws. I do not even have the money to rent a place of my own,\" said Sanjay B, while accusing Aliens Group of cheating him of Rs 30 lakh. \"Though I tried to meet the management on several occasions to discuss the matter, I failed. They have bouncers employed outside their office, who do not think twice before manhandling customers,\" the buyer said.
Apart from approaching the police, customers have also intimated the matter to the home ministry after a group of them met minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy and submitted a representation earlier this week. Speaking to TOI, Reddy said that he would do everything to bring the accused to book. \"We will continue to build pressure on the police to investigate the matter in all fairness,\" the minister said.