<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After paying nearly Rs 2 crore to purchase their dream homes, Kaushik Ashar and Priti Singh were shocked when officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) told them that the provisional allotment letters that had been given to them were fake.The two are making rounds at the Amboli police station since 2016. So far, two first information reports against five accused have been registered. Three of them are behind bars, while two are out on bail. Ashar and Singh said they fell for the con after the accused promised them a flat at a cheaper rate in flats constructed by MMRDA for its staff in Vile Parle.In Singh’s case, the MMRDA has also given in writing to the accused and the police that the allotment letters issued to Singh is fake and were not issued by MMRDA. Singh had further in May 2017 had filed FIR with the Amboli Police station which arrested five accused. In case of Ashar, the Amboli police station on Thursday registered an FIR under several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for forgery, cheating and creating fake documents.Speaking to DNA, Singh said, “I have paid around Rs 1.55 crore for purchasing six flats of Rs 25 lakh each. I paid the whole amount to the accused because one of the five accused worked with me in my office and told me that they have contacts with officers in MMRDA. However, even one year after paying the amount we had nothing except the provisional letter that turned out to be fake certificate when we checked with MMRDA.”Singh added, “The police later arrested five accused after filing FIR in May but have not filed charge-sheet even after completing 90 days of arrest due to which two accused have got bail. We fear other two will also get bail after their 90 days are completed and they will flee with our money.Ashar, whole filed FIR on Thursday, said, “I paid around 25 lakh because I came to know about it Priti Singh and I trusted her but later we came to know we both were duped when my lawyer checked about the documents with MMRDA.”Meanwhile, Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli police station, said, “I will not like to comment on part of the investigations in both the case. We will take action according to due process of law.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA, “We are also enquiring into one such complaint received on Thursday only. We will file a police case so that real culprits are brought to book.”MMRDA constructs various flats for project affected people (PAP) and its staff but general public are not eligible to buy or purchase flats in such apartments.

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Man, woman fall for ‘cheaper’ flats, lose Rs 2 cr