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Mayursinh Kumpavat 5th Aug

All buyers are cheated by maple builders... after booking in 2011 buyers still not get a possession of his house

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Mapel Group house scam in Pune

Mayursinh Kumpavat 4th Aug

Mapel group doing scam on name of the CM & State Government

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Mayursinh Kumpavat 4th Aug

There is no inquiry by authority on builder.... And builder just selling home to buyers on name of PM & CM in just 5 Lacks

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Mayursinh Kumpavat 1st Aug

Maple builder using PM & CM Photo in advertisement for his fake project in pune

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jay shah 11th Jul

Pune, Apr 21 (PTI) Depositors queued up in front of the office of Maple Group here today as the firm, accused of misleading people to promote its low-cost housing scheme, started refunding money following registration of a case for cheating.
The people, mainly from low income groups, lined up to recover Rs 1,145, which they paid for registration for the one-bedroom flats priced at Rs 5 lakh each in the advertisement.
The firm yesterday apologised for the \"confusion and inconvenience\" caused to people through its advertisements.
Maple Group had recently published advertisements promising a one-bedroom, hall, kitchen (1 BHK) flat for just Rs 5 lakh on the outskirts of the city.
The advertisement carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, apparently to \"mislead\" people into believing the project, titled Maharashtra Housing Day, was a part of Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY).
The firm, headed by Sachin Agarwal, deployed bouncers to deal with restive depositors who expressed their resentment at the governments \"negligence in allowing\" the builder to roll out the dubious scheme.
Around 20,000 people had enrolled for the scheme that was to carry out registrations till May 1, Investigating officer of Economic Offences Wing Dipak Sakore said, adding, \"Around 1,200 people reclaimed their money today.\"
Booking was done both online and physically. The promoters could face arrest depending on the evidence collected in the case, he said.
Bapat is being targeted by the opposition parties over the dubious scheme. Congress, NCP and MNS have demanded his resignation alleging that the firm indulged in the \"fraud\" with his blessings.
Bapat has already denied the charge, saying he never had any personal contact or meeting with Agarwal and the government has taken a swift action in freezing accounts of the firm, initiating police action and ensuring refund of peoples money.



http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pune-flat-fraud-depositors-throng-maple-office-for-refund/1/648504.html

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jay shah 11th Jul

Taking suo-moto action in the city- based Maple Group\\\'s \\\"misleading\\\" newspaper advertisements of a cheap housing scheme, police on Tuesday registered a case of cheating against three senior executives of the construction firm and other staff members.
The Maple Group had recently published advertisements to promote its scheme promising a one-bedroom-hall kitchen flat for just Rs 5,00,000 on the outskirts of Pune.
\\\"After the state government issued a notice to the Maple Group, we had also shot off a letter to the developer and sought credentials of the project. However, we did not get any reply, which prompted us to lodge a complaint against the group suo-moto,\\\" said Tushar Doshi, Deputy Commissioner of police.
The case has been registered under 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 417 (cheating), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of IPC against group\\\'s CMD Sachin Agarwal, MD Navin Agarwal, Sales Manager Priyanka Agarwal and other officials.
Doshi said that in their probe so far, they have found that the advertisements, carrying pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat in newspaper advertisement while announcing their housing project titled \\\'Maharashtra Housing Day\\\' were \\\"misleading and false\\\" in nature.
\\\"Since, the scheme looked fishy, we decided to take suo- moto action in this connection and a case was today registered in this regard,\\\" he said.
The complaint, filed at Shivajinagar police station, said, \\\"Through the misleading advertisement in the newspapers, the suspects tried to cheat people by promising apartments at Rs 5 lakh and collected non refundable amount.\\\" Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and Mission Director of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) have already issued a notice to the group and asked them to withdraw the controversial advertisements, stop collection of money from people and refund it to the people from whom the money has been collected.
The advertisements gave an impression that it was a part of Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana. However, the state government yesterday clarified that Maple Group\\\'s project was not linked in any manner with the Central or state government schemes.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maharashtra-cheating-case-against-developer-of-maple-group-for-misleading-ad-of-cheap-housing-scheme-2204181

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jay shah 11th Jul

THE PUNE city police on Tuesday registered an offence of cheating against the officials of the Maple Group for the firm’s “fraudulent” advertising of one-bedroom flats for Rs five lakh each as part of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). The offence has been registered at the Shivajinagar police station.
Police sub-inspector Narayan Palampalle, attached to the Shivajinagar police station, lodged the first information report (FIR). Police have booked Sachin Ashok Agarwal, Naveen Ashok Agarwal and sales manager Priyanka Agarwal and other officials of the Maple Group under section 420, 417, 120 (b), 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The offence was registered on the basis of a letter issued by Nirmal Deshmukh, mission director of PMAY, newspaper advertisements of Maple Group that is alleged to be fake and statements of Sagar Balkrushna Ajabe and Vishal Rajendra Agarwal.
Police have alleged that Maple Group started registrations by promising 1 BHK flats at Rs 5 lakh, but did not mention the area, thereby misleading people. The economic offences wing (EOW) of the Pune police crime branch is investigating the case further.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists ransacked the office of Maple Group in Shivajinagar on Tuesday. In a press release issued by Ajay Shinde, city unit chief of MNS, it is stated that Maple Group is cheating people by promising homes at a low price through its “Apla Ghar” scheme. MNS has demanded an inquiry against this group.
Launched a few weeks ago, the group had invited applications to buy 1 BHK flat at Rs 5 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. In its publicity material, the group had put a disclaimer that the ongoing projects were not a government scheme but was an initiative undertaken by the group.
The advertisement, which was published last week, carried the photographs of the Prime Minister, the Maharashtra Chief Minister and Guardian Minister of Pune Girish Bapat.
RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar and BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had written letters to the state doubting the scheme. Following complaints, Minister of Housing Prakash Mehta had clarified that the government had nothing to do with the project. Also, the state had ordered an inquiry in the matter.
Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat has directed the Pune collector to issue orders to stop booking under the scheme of the Maple group.
“This is not a government scheme as showcased by the builder. We have asked the Pune Collector to issue orders to stop bookings and ensure that the properties cannot be sold or transferred based on the directions issued by the revenue department. We had a detailed check from the Central government for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana as well as from the state’s Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA) and after assessment of papers, it has been found that there were no permissions sought under both the schemes. A complaint will be registered by the government against the builder on the same,” said Bapat. Moreover, we will have the revenue department issue separate orders to prevent the builder from transfer or sell the land tomorrow itself, he said, adding, “we will ensure that the amount is returned to the consumers. We will file complaints for using our photos.


http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-fraudulent-housing-advertising-case-filed-against-maple-group-officials-girish-bapat-vows-strict-action/

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jay shah 11th Jul

The police on Wednesday evening searched the office of Pune-based real estate firm Maple Group and questioned its directors who were booked a day earlier for fraudulent advertising promising 10,000 affordable homes for Rs 5 lakh each and using pictures of the Prime Minister and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in an apparent attempt to give an impression that the project was part of a government scheme.
At least 20,000 people are said to had registered for the “lucky draw” after paying Rs 1,000 as fees.
Read | Pune fraudulent housing advertising: Case filed against Maple Group officials; Girish Bapat vows strict action
Two of the bank accounts of company related to the particular scheme have also been frozen and the company banned from doing any transaction on the land related to the project.
On April 7, advertisements started appearing in sections of both electronic and print media and on outdoor flex boards of what the company called ‘Maharashtra Housing Day’ on May 1, which also happens to be Maharashtra Day. The advertisements promised a “One Bedroom Hall Kitchen” flat for Rs 5 lakh. The company website has a video of Sachin Agarwal, described as its chairman and managing director, where he is seen inviting people to fill forms for the lucky draw. “We are planning to build 10,000 homes at 12 locations in the city. We expect around 50,000 to 70,000 applications. Every applicant will have to pay Rs 1,000. Out of these, 10,000 will be chosen through a lucky draw. People will have to pay an EMI of Rs 5,000 after the possession. The 1BHK flat is of 302 square feet area. The chief minister has promised to attend the function,” Agarwal is seen saying in the video.
The website also says, “Our mission is to have roof over every Indian’s head”.
Trouble arose for the company when many people, including BJP MP Kirit Somaiya and city-based activist Vijay Kumbhar, wrote to the Centre objecting to the use of pictures of the PM, CM and Pune’s guardian minister Girish Bapat on the advertisements.
Some of these advertisements also allegedly claimed that the project was part of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Subsequently, the state government ordered the company to stop the registration while the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) initiated an inquiry.
On Tuesday night, an FIR was lodged at Shivajinagar police station against Sachin Ashok Agarwal and with Naveen Ashok Agarwal, described as managing director, and one Priyanka Agarwal and others under sections 420, 417 (Cheating), 120 (b) (Criminal Conspiracy), 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The FIR was registered on the basis of a letter issued by Nirmal Deshmukh, mission director of Pradhan Pantri Awas Yojana, which said the company’s claims were misleading.
Late on Tuesday night, the probe was handed over the to the EOW of Pune city police.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Sakore of the EOW said, “Our probe will cover land dealings, permissions taken and other angles. The company has taken Rs 1,000 as application fees, which they cannot do. We will also look into these aspects.”
Asked why Sachin Agarwal was not arrested despite the police spotting him at a news channel’s office, Sakore said, “As of now, we are conducting our probe. Arrests may be made as and when necessary.”
Late Wednesday evening, the Maple Group issued a statement promising to refund the application money to all applicants and tendering an apology to the PM, CM and the district guardian minister Girish Bapat for “any harm/inconvenience caused to them due the wrong perception caused by the advertisement and if there are some inadvertent mistakes we are willing to take necessary corrective action.”
Cong, NCP, MNS close ranks to attack BJP in PMC.
Meanwhile, in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday, corporators took a dig at Pune’s guardian minister Girish Bapat and other BJP leaders over their alleged proximity with the directors of the Maple group.
PMC’s general body meeting saw stormy scenes over the issue, with corporators from ruling NCP and Congress, along with the MNS, seeking an adjournment.
MNS leader Rajendra Wagaskar said, “It was unfortunate that the photographs of PM and CM were used by the company for the scheme’s promotion. There was no objections raised by the state government over the use of photographs until the MNS staged an agitation.”
NCP’s Shankar Kemse said while action should be taken against the directors of the Maple group, the BJP leaders having proximity to them should also be taken to task.
BJP’s Ganesh Bidkar, who allegedly has links with the Maple group directors, stayed away from the meeting.
BJP’s Dhananjay Jadhav said his party could not be criticised over the matter. “The company had not taken permission for using photographs of prime minister, chief minister and guardian minister in the advertisement, so it has to face the action. Also, the issue was first raised by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, which means the party is working to check such wrong practices,” he said.


http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-housing-scheme-fraud-maple-directors-quizzed-by-eow-its-accounts-frozen/

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jay shah 11th Jul

Pune, Apr 21 () Depositors queued up in front of the office of Maple Group here today as the firm, accused of misleading people to promote its low-cost housing scheme, started refunding money following registration of a case for cheating.
The people, mainly from low income groups, lined up to recover Rs 1,145, which they paid for registration for the one-bedroom flats priced at Rs 5 lakh each in the advertisement.
The firm yesterday apologised for the \"confusion and inconvenience\" caused to people through its advertisements.
Maple Group had recently published advertisements promising a one-bedroom, hall, kitchen (1 BHK) flat for just Rs 5 lakh on the outskirts of the city.
The advertisement carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, apparently to \"mislead\" people into believing the project, titled \'Maharashtra Housing Day\', was a part of Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY).
The firm, headed by Sachin Agarwal, deployed bouncers to deal with restive depositors who expressed their resentment at the government\'s \"negligence in allowing\" the builder to roll out the dubious scheme.
Around 20,000 people had enrolled for the scheme that was to carry out registrations till May 1, Investigating officer of Economic Offences Wing Dipak Sakore said, adding, \"Around 1,200 people reclaimed their money today.\"
Booking was done both online and physically. The promoters could face arrest depending on the evidence collected in the case, he said.
Bapat is being targeted by the opposition parties over the dubious scheme. Congress, NCP and MNS have demanded his resignation alleging that the firm indulged in the \"fraud\" with his blessings.
Bapat has already denied the charge, saying he never had any personal contact or meeting with Agarwal and the government has taken a swift action in freezing accounts of the firm, initiating police action and ensuring refund of people\'s money.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Pune-flat-fraud-Depositors-throng-Maple-office-for-refund/articleshow/51932430.cms

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Prachi Sharma 8th May

In Pune, a case of cheating has been registered against the Maple group. The developer is accused of misleading homebuyers by advertising one bed room homes costing five lakh rupees each as a part of the Pradhan Manti Awas Yojana.

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Fraud Builder Luring Home Buyers

Prachi Sharma 5th May

Fraud Builder Luring Home Buyers

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Prachi Sharma 26th Apr

The Economic Offences Wing today said close to 20,000 prospective buyers seem to have registered in Maple Group\\\'s controversial project which promised one-bedroom flats for Rs five lakh, a day after a case of cheating was registered against senior executives of the firm.\r\nAppealing to the people who have registered and paid non-refundable amount over Rs 1145 in the low-cost housing project, to come forward, Sakore said, “We will help them to get their money back.”\r\nThe Economic Offences Wing today said close to 20,000 prospective buyers seem to have registered in Maple Group’s controversial project which promised one-bedroom flats for Rs five lakh, a day after a case of cheating was registered against senior executives of the firm.\r\nThe EOW appealed people, who have registered with the housing project by believing in “misleading” advertisements, to come forward and lodge their grievances with the agency.\r\nThe case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Maple Group’s CMD Sachin Agarwal, MD Naven Agarwal, Sales Manager Priyanka Agarwal and other office staff lodged by police yesterday has been transferred to EOW.\r\n“Prima-facie, approximately 20,000 prospective buyers have registered in the housing project and around Rs 6 lakh were found deposited in one of the accounts of Maple Group, which could have been deposited through online payments by people,” said Deepak Sakore, Deputy Commissioner of Police (EOW), who is monitoring the probe.\r\nAppealing to the people who have registered and paid non-refundable amount over Rs 1145 in the low-cost housing project, to come forward, Sakore said, “We will help them to get their money back.”\r\nTo a query when the accused will be arrested, he said notices have been issued to them to be present for inquiry.\r\n“We are in the process of scrutinising the documents and trying to ascertain the exact number of buyers, who have registered in the scheme. We have also made sure there will not be any registration henceforth,” the officer said.\r\nMaple Group had recently published advertisements to promote its scheme promising a one-bedroom, hall, kitchen (1 BHK) flat for just Rs 5,00,000 on the outskirts of city.\r\nThe developers carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat in newspaper advertisements, apparently to “mislead” people into believing the project, titled ‘Maharashtra Housing Day’, was a part of ‘Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana’.\r\nThe government has already clarified the project was not linked in any manner with the schemes of the Central or state government and directed the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to take legal and criminal action in this regard.\r\n\r\n\r\n http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/pune-flat-fraud-eow-begins-maple-group-probe-says-20000-home-buyers-registered/240440/

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Prachi Sharma 26th Apr

A Pune-based builder, Maple Shelters, has run into trouble with the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) over its project of providing 10,000 1BHK houses for Rs 5 lakh each, which, it claims, it is undertaking under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). MHADA, the agency which approves all projects under the PMAY in the state, has clarified that it hasn’t given permission to Maple Shelters to undertake any such project.\r\nOn April 14, Maple Shelters had published an advertisement in newspapers, bearing even a picture of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, announcing the launch of its project. The advertisement sought applicants for a non-refundable fee of Rs 1,000.\r\nThe builder’s website claims that the project is an initiative “aligned to the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (sic)”. Under its four criteria for eligibility, it says the applicants and co-applicants must be eligible for a loan from banks listed under the PMAY. Taking its claim further, it even says the house allotments might take place in Fadnavis’ presence, depending on his availability.\r\nOnly 2 approved\r\nMHADA has rubbished these claims, saying it has not cleared this project. “We have started an inquiry into the grounds under which the builder published the advertisement under the PMAY; they haven’t been issued any permission for it. There are only two projects under PMAY which we have received — one from Solapur belonging to a beedi workers’ association and another from Boisar, where an industrialist wants to construct of houses for industrial workers,” said SS Zende, CEO and VP of MHADA.\r\nPune Collector Saurabh Rao said the district administration, too, has launched an inquiry into the issue. He said he summoned Maple Shelters with land and revenue records on Monday, and found no fault with them. But when asked about its association with MHADA and the housing department, Maple Shelters asked for a day’s time to respond. The builder is expected to visit Rao’s office with the relevant documents today. The collector told mid-day that he would also look into the motive behind collection of R1,000 as application fee.\r\nMaple Shelters did not respond to mid-day’s emails and calls. A public relations executive claimed Maple Shelters was planning to hold a press conference on Tuesday.\r\nMHADA will construct 1,10,590 houses over the next four years in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and some 12,000 houses in Pune under this scheme. Anybody can approach MHADA for a house under the PMAY scheme, provided s/he meets the criteria mentioned. MHADA will conduct a lottery for 1,050 houses in Mumbai around May 31. The advertisement for it will be released by the end of this month.\r\n\r\n\r\n http://www.mid-day.com/articles/pune-builder-in-trouble-over-tall-claim-of-providing-rs-5-lakh-homes-under-modis-pet-scheme/17148171

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Prachi Sharma 26th Apr

Troubles mounted for Maple Group Chairman Sachin Agarwal on Thursday with the police pressing fresh charges of forgery against him for allegedly misleading people into purchasing flats promising cheaper rates by wrongfully using the logo of \'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana\' and a local court rejecting his anticipatory bail.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW), probing the case, booked Agarwal and other executives of the builder firm for forgery and criminal breach of trust. \"We have slapped sections 467 (forgery of valuable security) 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of Indian Penal Code,\" said Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Sakore.
Police had earlier registered a cheating case against the accused. The DCP said one of the reasons behind imposing additional charges is that Maple Group had used the logo of \'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana\' in their advertisement without permission. He said the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and PMAY have informed police that the developer did not take any formal permission before releasing the advertisement.
Earlier in the day, Additional Sessions Judge S B Kachare rejected the bail plea filed on Wednesday by Agarwal, Managing Director Naveen Agrawal and Sales Manager Priyanka Agrawal after EOW opposed it. Maple Group had recently published advertisements promising a 1-BHK flat for only Rs 5 lakh on the outskirts of the city.

The \'dubious\' advertisement carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, apparently to \"mislead\" people into believing that the project, titled Maharashtra Housing Day, was a part of Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY).
Meanwhile, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar accused the BJP government of delaying the arrest of Agarwal. \"The government is dilly dallying on the issue of arrest of (Maple Group CMD) Sachin Agarwal, accused of cheating common people. Why are police unable to apprehend him?...\"Is he Dawood Ibrahim that police are not able to trace him?, he said.

Seeking a thorough probe, Pawar asked, \"It has been a long time, the case has been registered but why is Agarwal not traceable.\"
Police had said around 32,000 people had booked a flat in the low-cost housing project. The firm later started returning money to depositors after a case was registered against them following uproar.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-pune-flat-fraud-fresh-charges-of-forgery-levelled-against-builder-pre-arrest-bail-rejected-2207320

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Prachi Sharma 26th Apr

Pune, Apr 18 (PTI) Troubles mounted for Maple Group Chairman Sachin Agarwal today with the police pressing fresh charges of forgery against him for allegedly misleading people into purchasing flats promising cheaper rates by wrongfully using the logo of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and a local court rejecting his anticipatory bail.
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW), probing the case, booked Agarwal and other executives of the builder firm for forgery and criminal breach of trust.
\"We have slapped sections 467 (forgery of valuable security) 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of Indian Penal Code,\" said Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Sakore.
Police had earlier registered a cheating case against the accused.
The DCP said one of the reasons behind imposing additional charges is that Maple Group had used the logo of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in their advertisement without permission.
He said the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and PMAY have informed police that the developer did not take any formal permission before releasing the advertisement.
Earlier in the day, Additional Sessions Judge S B Kachare rejected the bail plea filed yesterday by Agarwal, Managing Director Naveen Agrawal and Sales Manager Priyanka Agrawal after EOW opposed it.
Maple Group had recently published advertisements promising a 1-BHK flat for only Rs 5 lakh on the outskirts of the city.
The dubious advertisement carried pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, apparently to \"mislead\" people into believing that the project, titled Maharashtra Housing Day, was a part of Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY).
Meanwhile, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar accused the BJP government of delaying the arrest of Agarwal.
\"The government is dilly dallying on the issue of arrest of (Maple Group CMD) Sachin Agarwal, accused of cheating common people. Why are police unable to apprehend him?...\"Is he Dawood Ibrahim that police are not able to trace him?, he told reporters here.
Seeking a thorough probe, Pawar asked, \"It has been a long time, the case has been registered but why is Agarwal not traceable.\"
Police had said around 32,000 people had booked a flat in the low-cost housing project.
The firm later started returning money to depositors after a case was registered against them following uproar.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pune-housing-fraud-builder-booked-for-forgery-court-rejects/1/654569.html

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