Staff Reporter

Forgery in land deal alleged

CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch arrested four persons on Thursday on charges of cheating and forging documents to further a fraudulent land deal.

The CCB team picked up Vishal Singh (56) and son Inder Singh (26) of Mannadi along with Munikumar (55) and his son Raja (28) of Manali New Town.

According to the police, Munikumar and Raja registered a fake power of attorney in 2003 for Vishal Singh using an impersonator to get hold of more than anacre farmland in Sadayankuppam. The land belonged to Sakunthala of Elenthancheri, near Manali.

Vishal Singh, in turn, `sold' the land to Munikumar for Rs. 6.16 lakh and later to industrialist Mahendra Kumar Rankuta for Rs. 13 lakh in 2005.

Sakunthala came to know about the transactions registered at the Tiruvotriyur register office and filed a complaint in February 2006.

CCB team 1 arrested the four on charges of cheating and forging documents for land grabbing. They were later remanded to custody.

`Fake documents'

Another CCB team arrested S. Subramani, 41, on Wednesday for submitting fake documents for availing loans amounting to Rs. 16 lakh.

According to the police, the forgery came to light when CCB sleuths approached the Valasarawakkam branch of a private bank last week in connection with another fake document case. They found out that Karunanidhi, who was a guarantor in the earlier case, figured in the same role. Karunanidhi is absconding.

The bank officials got suspicious and they ran a check through the documents to find out that the accused had prepared fake copies of his ancestral property papers for availing two housing loans and one personal loan in 2004.

Based on the branch manager's complaint, CCB picked up the accused, who was earlier into running a prawn culture unit. He was later remanded.