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Singer Anuradha Paudwal duped by builders in Virar; same flat sold to many buyers

Two of the seven accused have been identified but all are absconding.

Mumbai: Seven builders were booked by the Arnala coastal police for allegedly selling one flat to several buyers, including noted singer Anuradha Paudwal.

Two of the accused have been identified as Raju Sulere and Avinash Dhole amongst, who along with five other partners own the firm, Om Mandar Realtors, in Bolinj, Virar. All seven accused are absconding, reports HT.

According to Jayant Bajbale, deputy superintendent, Virar, once the builders promised flats at cheap rates near Arnala Beach, many investors fell for it, including Paudwal. “The investors had booked flats in Mandar Avenue, F1 group of buildings in Narangi, Virar. They were promised posh amenities like swimming pool, gymnasium, a park among other facilities,” said Bajbale.

The accused then forged sales agreements and sold the same flat to several buyers duping them of lakhs of rupees, said Bajbale.

“As an investment, I had booked two flats in 2013 and since then, the builders have cheated me. I had filed a complaint with the Arnala police and have been cooperating with the agency ever since,” said Anuradha Paudwal told HT.

“We have registered a case under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and also Section 3, 4 of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors Act, 1999 against the accused,” the SP told the national daily..

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