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.

Raj Kandhari
Raj Kandhari

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.