Court summons Army officials on cheating charge
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 20:43
New Delhi: Two senior officials of the Indian Army, husband and wife, have been summoned by a Delhi court for their alleged role in a cheating case involving purchase of plots in Uttar Pradesh.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass issued summons to Amita Chaturvedi and her husband V P Chaturvedi, both posted as Colonels in the Army Medical Corps at the time of filing of the complaint last year by their friend Lt Col (retd) M P Sharma.

"Both accused persons are summoned for offence under section 420 (cheating) / 506 (criminal intimidation) read with section 34 (common intention) of the IPC upon filing of process form and copy of the complaint for September 1," the court said.

MP Sharma, in his complaint through advocate Ranbir Sharma, submitted both the accused, being his friends for the last 10 years, induced him to pay Rs 4.63 lakhs to them for purchasing plot jointly with them saying they have friendly relations with bureaucrats and politicians in Uttar Pradesh.

The accused said that with the help of those politicians and bureaucrats, they can get him a huge industrial plot in Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (UPSIDC), the complainant said.

Sharma alleged both the accused insisted on his depositing the initial amount as they were not having enough funds and lured him saying he would become half shareholder of the plot if he pays the amount.

After he paid the money to them, they promised him that after the allotement of the plot he would have an equal shareholding and he shall be 50 per cent partner in the profit.

Sharma said they illegally sold the plot and when he asked for his money, they told him they have to pay for another plot in Gurgaon. He added the accused had threatened him with dire consequences if he asks for his money.

Accepting the submissions of Sharma, the court said offences under section 420 and 506 IPC are made out against the accused persons.

"Admittedly, the accused persons had induced the complainant to part with valuable consideration of the complainant that they would jointly be purchasing a plot in UPSIDC which shall be in the name of accused persons. However, it shall for all purposes be a joint venture of both parties.

"Both accused persons having induced the complainat made him part with a sum of Rs two lakh and another sum of Rs 2.63 lakh. Further, despite demand, they have not returned the same and had also sold the plot. Hence, ingredients of section 420 IPC are squarely made out," the court said.

The court also took into consideration the threats by the accused persons to the complainant.


First Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 20:43

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