Army officers wage war against crooked realtor

Nov 14, 2011, 06:50 IST | Anurag Jadli
Three senior defence personnel have alleged that the accused, who also owns two famous eateries in Noida, has duped them of Rs 2.45 crore by selling them properties with forged documents
A colonel and two brigadiers of Indian Army have allegedly been duped by a property dealer to the tune of Rs 2.45 crore. The accused owns two famous restaurants in Noida. An FIR in this connection was also lodged by Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi police but no action has been taken so far. One of the victims, Lieutenant Colonel SK Trivedi is a medical officer in the army and is posted to Kerala.

Chew on that! One of the restaurants in Noida owned by the accused.

Flat broke
"The property dealer Amit Khera cheated me of Rs 45 lakh. He promised me a flat in Greater Noida for the amount. I sold my Dwarka flat and made the payment. But later I came to know that my wife was made to sign on forged documents. I then approached the police to complain against him," said the victim. He said that Brigadier Arvind Gupta has also been defrauded along with a retired lieutenant colonel, Alok Dubey.  He used his unique modus operandi. He cheated only senior army officials posted outside Delhi," alleged Trivedi. "This property dealer owns two restaurants in Noida Sector 18 - Kaffiiaa and Desi Vibes - and his name is Amit Khera," he added.

Dirty business! Complainants allege the accused ran his real estate
business from this eatery (left-centre). pic/mid day

Alok Dubey, a retired colonel of Indian Army and another victim said, "He also cheated me in a similar manner. Amit Khera also forged my signature and withdrew Rs 16 lakh from my bank account. He even harassed my wife, after which she too lodged a complaint against him," he alleged. Brigadier Arvind Gupta too lodged the complaints of fraud against him and the case is being investigated by EOW.

Big money
Brigadier Gupta stated in his letter to Delhi's police commissioner that he had a property in Panchkula, which he sold to Amit Khera. "Amit convinced me that if I purchased the property in Delhi, then the appreciation would be 10 times better than in Panchkula. I sold the property to a person named Subhash for Rs 1 crore 72 thousand. He took all the money from Subhash and never returned it to me," Gupta said. MiD DAY tried to contact Jt Commissioner of Police (EoW) Vivek Gogia, but he didn't respond to our calls and SMS.

The other side
Varun Khera, younger brother of Amit, denied all the allegations and said that he and his family have never been into real estate business. "I don't even know that person and all his allegations are false. I'm into the business of restaurants and we bought these eateries by taking loans and not from the alleged money," he said.

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