Anti-land grab cell of Coimbatore City Police on Thursday registered a case of land grab against the owner of a leading chain of restaurants.

Anti-land grab cell of Coimbatore City Police on Thursday registered a case of land grab against the owner of a leading chain of restaurants.

According to police, Padmavathy Ammal, owner of land just behind the hotel on NSR Road in Sai Baba Colony lodged a complaint in 2011 stating that 19 cents of land belonging to her had been first leased out and then an agreement for sale had been signed by her brothers with the hotel owner.

The three brothers had given their 53 cents of land on rent to the hotel. The land belonging to Padmavathy Ammal just behind the hotel was first leased and then an agreement was signed by her brothers with the hotel owners for selling it without consent.

Hence, it was a clear case of attempting to grab the property, she added. In 2012, the police had registered a case against three the brothers.

In recent investigations, the anti-land grab cell in its intermediate report had named the hotel, its Joint Managing Director and two employees as accused.

It had invoked IPC sections 120 B (conspiracy), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged document as genuine for the purpose of cheating).

Police stated that forged documents were submitted to the Corporation and Tangedco seeking No Objection Certificate (NOC) for carrying out works for installing a generator.

When contacted, Joint Managing Director of Annapoorna Group of Hotels D. Srinivasan said that it was a clear case of dispute between the brothers and a sister over the ownership of the property.

“We as tenants have paid the rental throughout the last 25 years and it is unfortunate that our names are being dragged in as accused. Even applications for NOC submitted to the Government departments should have been done by the owners of the property and not tenants,” he said and added that the he would face the case legally.

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