Jammu: Crime Branch Jammu (CBJ) on Wednesday produced a charge-sheet against a fraudster for duping the complaints of Rs 32 lacs on the pretext of sale of land.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday the CBJ produced charge-sheet against accused (fraudster) Muhammad Iqbal Bhat, son of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Kishtwar, at present 9-A Tawi Vihar, Sidhra Jammu in case FIR number 54/2016 under section 420 RPC for his involvement in misappropriating Rs 32 lacs from complainants by offering them sale of a piece of land measuring 3 Kanals, near Railway Station Pargalta, Bajalta at the cost of Rs 10.00 lacs per Kanal in the year 2013 and accordingly Rs 32.00 lac was paid to the accused.
The charge-sheet was produced before the Court of Ld. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jammu for judicial determination, the statement said.
It added that the case owes its origin to a written complaint lodged by Rubina Bhat, wife of Abdul Manan Bhat of Sidhra Nagrota, Arsh Bhat, wife of Umar Khan of Sidhra, Nagrota, at present Channi Himmat, Jammu and Arooj Aleem Beig, wife of Aleem Beigh of Ambphala, Jammu, wherein the complainants had alleged that they were in search of a piece of land in Sidhra/Bajalta area and in the process they met the accused who offered them land near Railway Station Pargalta, Bajalta at the cost of Rs 10.00 lacs per Kanal in the year 2013 and accordingly an amount Rs. 32.00 lacs was paid to the accused.
“However, after receiving the entire payment the accused started avoiding the complainants on one pretext or the other and didn’t give them the possession of the land nor did he return the money. It was further alleged that accused Mohammad Iqbal gave them cheques of different amounts from time to time in the year 2015 but all the cheques were dishonoured by the respective banks due to insufficient funds. As such, the accused cheated the complainants and duped them of their hard earned money,” the statement added.
On this a preliminary verification was initiated and the allegations levelled in the complaint were prima-facie substantiated against the accused, leading to the registration of instant case.
During the course of investigation, criminality of the accused of usurping the huge amount of Rs. 32 Lacs was established from the fact that he was having land in Pargalta area as per the Revenue record and if his intentions were to provide the desired land to the complainant in lieu of money he would have easily done that keeping in view the availability of land.
“But the accused took Rs. 10 Lacs from Rubina Butt and Rs.11 Lacs each from Arsh Butt and Arooj Aleem and later with criminal intention did not provide them the desired land, thereby causing them huge wrongful loss and corresponding wrongful gain to himself. The accused has further issued cheques in favour of the complainants from HDFC Bank Hari Market Jammu and Citizen’s Cooperative Bank Nehru Market Ware House Jammu to the tune of Rs. 32 Lacs which were dishonoured due to the paucity of fund in the account of the accused Mohd Iqbal Bhat,” the statement said