Residents of Shukan Orchid Infra in Chandkheda filed a complaint against promoters of Shukan Group and its partners, accusing them of mortgaging the land, on which their apartment has come up, to SBI for Rs 4 crore. The group is facing legal action for its fraudulent dealings in Shukan Gold and Shukan Palace schemes, too, after residents approached the police with complaints. Kamal Ghosh, 62, filed a complaint against the developers and partners of Shukan Orchid Infra (flats) with Chandkheda police on behalf of 100 other residents.
Ghosh, who lives in Divya Jivan Residency near New C G Road in Chandkheda, lodged a complaint against builders Jignesh Patel, Ramesh Patel, Bhanu Patel, Mahesh Patel, Veena Patel, Aarti Patel, Usha Patel and Jitendra Patel. “The builders kept us in the dark and mortgaged the land on which the houses were to be built to SBI against for Rs 4 crore. This came to light only when the flat owners received notices from SBI about outstanding dues.” The scam has left 101 flat buyers in the lurch. This number, however, could rise, said the source. The one-year-old apartment has three and four BHK flats, ranging from Rs 40 to Rs 50 lakh.
A source in Chandkheda police said, “Shukan Orchid Infra has come up in the town planning number 22 and survey number 676 in Chandkheda. The developers told the buyers that there was no outstanding loan against the scheme.” Ghosh said, “I have filed the complaint on behalf of 100 others, too. People have invested their entire earnings in these flats. Now, this fraud can ruin them. We have been cheated and we will also file a case against them in the high court.” Chandkheda Inspector M U Mashi, who is probing the case, said: “They have lodged complaints against Jignesh Patel, Ramesh Patel, Bhanu Patel, Mahesh Patel, Veena Patel, Aarti Patel, Usha Patel and Jitendra Patel. They are partners of Shukan Orchids Infra. We are investigating the case.”
AHMEDABAD: As pressure mounted on the city police to take action against builders in the multi-crore cheating case, police got custody of one of the accused on a transfer warrant while maintaining that search for others was on. Police have sought details of the books of account to understand the financial terms on which the loan was taken by the builders.
Residents and investors in Shukan Gold and Shukan Palace had started a movement earlier this month for action against the builders who had duped them by promising title-clear property. The banks had come knocking on their doors for recovery of the loan amount worth Rs 18 crore. A group had recently met the Zone I DCP after the Sola police only took application of the complaint in the case. The DCP had assured the investors of quick action after which two FIRs were lodged.
According to Sola police, Ashwin Patel, a resident of Shukan Palace, had registered a complaint against Ramesh Patel, his brother Mahesh, their wives and relatives for cheating the investors of Rs 14 crore. According to Ashwin\'s complaint, he had invested in a bungalow and had paid Rs 90 lakh towards it. On April 15, the residents got a notice from Bank of India that the payment of the loan that the builders had taken for construction of the property was outstanding. Likewise, Dinesh Patel, a resident of Shukan Gold, registered a complaint against the same group for outstanding dues of Rs 4 crore towards a Bank of Baroda loan. The scheme has 278 flats in 14 blocks. The residents got notice from the bank about dues and the bank gave period of 60 days to repay the loan.
Sola police said that they got custody of Ramesh Patel on Wednesday from Gandhinagar police, who had caught him for cheating investors of Shukan Sky, a scheme in Kudasan. The investors had named ten persons for the scam. Sources said that the builders took a huge amount of money from the market for various construction projects but could not pay it back in time though they had received payments from the investors. Police have sought the firm\'s financial details.