February 24, 2024

MUMBAI: The Virar police have busted a major racket of fabricated documents for the registration of construction projects with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA).

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Police officials said they had arrested five persons—four of them in the construction business—and recovered a huge stock of fake rubber stamps and letterheads of revenue officials from Thane and Palghar districts, MMRDA, CIDCO and the Vasai-Virar City municipal corporation (VVCMC). A police officer said that at least 55 buildings were probably constructed with the help of the fake documents and the scam was likely to run into hundreds of crores.

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The arrested accused are landowner Dilip Benvanshi (31), Machhindra Vhanmane (37), owner of Mayur Enterprises, Dilip Adkhale (40) of Phoenix Corporation, Prashant Patil (33), a partner in Rudransh Realtors, and stamp-maker Rajesh Naik, 54.

According to Rajendra Kamble, senior police inspector at Virar police station, the FIR was registered following a complaint lodged by Ganesh Patil, the in-charge assistant commissioner of Ward C, Chandansar, about two buildings, Rudransh A and Rudransh B, constructed in the area. The owners/partners of Rudransh Realtors already have an FIR registered against them—in February this year,…

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