Six people arrested in different areas in the city
CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have arrested four people in connection with land grabbing and cheating.
According to the police, R. Rangan, a Chennai Telephones employee, was arrested on charges of cheating two of his women colleagues. Rangan, a resident of Karikalan Street, Durga Nagar in Tambaram Sanatorium, prepared a power of attorney for two plots of land bought by Jayalakshmi and Lakshmi Rajamani in the Tiruneermalai village limits.
Rangan divided the 4,800 sq.feet plot into four pieces of 1,200 sq. feet each and sold them for Rs.10 lakh each.
Following a complaint from the victims, the CCB police organised a search for Rangan, who had gone underground.
The crime branch team arrested Rangan in Tiruchi and remanded him to judicial custody.
A case was registered against him at the St. Thomas Mount police station under sections 467, 468, 471 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
In another incident, Jesuraj and Manoharan were arrested in Red Hills on Saturday for preparing a power of attorney for 69 cents in Cholavaram village in Ponneri Taluk, owned by Jayachandran.
They sold the land to Ravi Srinivasan and Arokiya Mary, on July 8, 2004.
The police have registered a case against the two men under sections 465, 468, 471 and 420 of the IPC. They have been remanded to custody.
Lapsed power of attorney
In another case, the CCB police arrested R. Nalinikanth, who was involved in a land grabbing case, and remanded him to judicial custody.
He had been absconding for over a year.
Nalinikanth was arrested in Chennai and presented before the Poonamallee High Court.
He had sold land owned by Sovereign Daisy Industries to eight people for Rs.16 lakh using a lapsed power of attorney.
The company's owner had gone to court and cancelled the power of attorney in 1991. Nalinikanth used the lapsed document to sell the land in 2001 and 2002.
The CCB police are investigating the case registered in St. Thomas Mount under section 420 of the IPC.
The ICF police arrested on Friday Sathyanarayana Rao and Jalakandeshwara Rao on charges of cheating around 80 people of Rs.44 lakh. Ambikapathi Jayalakshmi Avadi lodged a complaint with the St. Thomas Mount police on June 10, 2004, against Seenivasa Jewellers of Avadi Nehru Nagar, alleging that she had been duped into joining a chit fund.
Eighty other people had also joined in the chit fund. The owner of the shop, V.S. Gauri Shankar, and the two men had closed shop and absconded.
Fakes house documents
Police arrested Anand Saraf, a resident of Olympic Colony, Mogappair, on Friday on charges of cheating 12 nationalised banks using fake house documents to get loans worth Rs.85 lakh.
The police said he prepared fake documents for the multi-storeyed buildings he owned in Saligramam and Koyambedu and sought loans.
Action was taken based on complaints filed by the Syndicate Bank, Anna Nagar branch; State Bank of Travancore, Anna Salai branch and Vijaya Bank, T. Nagar branch. The officials of the above banks complained that the accused had not repaid the Rs.25 lakh he owed them.
Mr. Saraf had used the money to run cable television and medical shops in Mogappair, Pattabhiram and Ayyapakkam.
The accused was presented before the Egmore High Court and remanded to custody for 15 days.