Vepery police register an FIR on builder for not handing over flats

The petitioner had booked two flats on their behalf in 16-storied apartment complex.

Chennai: The Madras High Court directed Vepery police to register an FIR, if cognizable offence is made out, on a complaint against the owner of Land Mark Constructions.

Justice M.S. Ramesh gave the directive on a petition filed by M.Kannan, seeking a direction to the Vepery Inspector of Police to register an FIR on the basis of his complaint dated March 2.

Petitioner’s counsel R.C.Paul Kanagaraj submitted that the petitioner is the brother of M.Rajasekar and brother-in-law of Srinivasan, NRI working in London as system manager in an IT company. As a power of attorney, the petitioner had booked two flats on their behalf in 16-storied apartment complex, built by Land Mark Constructions, at Peters Road, Royapettah in the city. After collecting the entire amount, Uthaya Kumar, the owner of Land Mark Constructions had demanded '1 crore more for completing interior work. After receiving nearly ' 12 crore, a sale deed was registered on June 24 and July 13 last year and keys were handed over to the petitioner. However, one spare key was retained by the manager and staff of Land Mark Constructions to finish the interior work.

However, Uthaya Kumar had not done the interior work, Kanagaraj added.
In the meantime, when the petitioner visited the apartments on February 15 to his shock and surprise, the petitioner found the lock was removed and a new lock was installed. When the petitioner enquired with the manager, he replied that on the instruction of Uthaya Kumar, the lock was changed. Immediately, the petitioner met Uthaya kumar and demanded the new keys. However, Uthaya Kumar demanded '1 crore additional for handing over the keys.

When the petitioner informed Uthaya Kumar that he would initiate legal action since he had already paid the entire money for the two apartments, Uthaya Kumar threatened the petitioner with dire consequences and abused him in filthy language and so the petitioner lodged a complaint with Vepery police. But, there was no response.

The NRI had invested all his hard earned money and also sold some of his properties to purchase these two apartments by trusting Land Mark Constructions. But, now the petitioner came to know that Uthaya Kumar was cheating the petitioner without handing over the apartments, Kanagaraj added.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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