Another contracter emerges seeking dues from Navi Mumbai builder Raj Kandhari

A contractor, Prakash Mhatre, has emerged seeking Rs 75 lakh dues from Navi Mumbai builder Raj Kandhari, who committed suicide, for supplying building material for the a project in Ulwe

Navi Mumbai builder Raj Kandhari, who committed suicide, has been accused of cheating several people. While some of the victims have managed to register a case against the builder, there are some who are still running from pillar to post to get their case registered.

One of those unfortunate ones is Prakash Mhatre, 48, a resident of Ulwe in Navi Mumbai.

Raj Kandhari
Raj Kandhari

Mhatre, who owns Prakash Construction along with Rajesh Naik, had signed a contract with Kandhari's Swaraj builders in Ulwe to supply building material for the Swaraj Kingstone project in Ulwe.

"Despite supplying materials to him, at the end when the building was ready he refused to pay us Rs 75 lakh that was pending with him. When we put pressure on him, he promised us a flat, but then later refused to give that too," said Mhatre.

Then in April 2015, Mhatre wrote to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as the police were not ready to register a case. "Since 2014 till date no case has been registered against him. The Nhava-Seva police and the senior police officers along with the politicans are hand-in-glove with him. We approached all of them but nothing has change," added Mhatre.

Mhatre claims that Kandhari death has left them facing huge losses, and worried about who would clear their dues.

"Even when he was alive he used to threaten us against complaining to authorities. We have been in touch with the big bosses and all our efforts have ended in failure," added Mhatre.

Kandhari shot himself with his license revolver on Monday afternoon at his residence and was declared dead in MGM hospital in Tuesday.

The Sanpada police have register an accidental dead case on Wednesday and are further ascertaining the cause of committing suicide.

The Navi Mumbai police also found that Kandhari was booked under 15 different cases against him in the past for cheating buyers, assualting a bus driver, misusing his weapon among many others.

15 cases against Kandhari

>> Seven cases filed by buyers between 2012 -15, alleging that he took money from them but did not allot flats

>> Four lawsuits alleging financial irregularities under the Negotiable Instruments Act

>> One assault complaint filed by bus driver Mahadev Anand Rao (55), who claimed Kandhari had attacked him

>> Cheating case filed by Kandhari’s partner Shankarlal Brijibai Thakkar in 2011 

>> Kandhari’s contractor had also filed a complaint claiming he had not been paid his dues, amounting to R1 crore, as mid-day reported yesterday

>> Case against the builder for misusing his revolver, after which his firearms licence was cancelled. Kandhari appealed to higher powers and got his revolver back in 2014

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