A day after mid-day revealed that Raj Kandhari was battling an FIR after he failed to pay one of his contractors, the police have discovered that the Vashi builder was in fact drowning in over a dozen police complaints and lawsuits filed against him, including an assault case. Seven cases were filed by real estate buyers who paid Kandhari but were never allotted flats — this strengthens the theory that his business was struggling.
In fact, there is an FIR against him for misuse of the very revolver he used to shoot himself in the head on Monday. Kandhari was declared dead a day later, the post-mortem confirmed that he died due to shock and haemorrhage.
Cops are still trying to determine what caused the builder to take such a drastic step, but they have formed an idea as to the state of his mind after learning that there were so many cases piled up against him.
There are 15 cases filed against him at the Kharghar, Nhava Sheva, Vashi police stations, as well as the Bandra and Andheri courts. Kandhari himself had lodged two cheating cases against others at the Vashi and Rabale police stations.
“The family was under depression; we are yet to take their statement. At present, we have found that different cases were filed against Kandhari, who took cash from buyers but failed to allot flats to them,” said DCP (Zone I) Shahaji Umap, adding that they would question the family members today.
“The family members didn’t even allow us to enter his office or take documents from there. They asked us to wait for a day and said we would be allowed to search the office once the final rites were over,” said a police officer from Sanpada police station, where a case of accidental death was registered after Kandhari was declared dead on Tuesday.
His family performed the final rites at 4.30 pm yesterday, and several builders attended, wearing black ribbons on their arms to protest against the red tape in the industry that allegedly prompted Kandhari – and before him, Thane builder Suraj Parmar – to pull the trigger.
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