Navi Mumbai builder arrested for faking documents to buy farm land worth crores

Navi Mumbai builder arrested for faking documents to buy farm land worth crores
Bhupendra Shah (inset), the founder & CMD of Bhumi Raj Group, fabricated documents to show that he was a farmer in order to buy prime land worth crores in Nhava Sheva (Main Image Courtesy: 99 Acres)

A builder from Navi Mumbai has been arrested for allegedly fabricating documents to purchase 80 acres of agricultural land worth crores in Nhava Sheva.

Five persons, including builder Bhupendra Shah and Ramesh Bhalerao (54), a local revenue official (village talathi) from Latur, have been arrested for their involvement in the crime, deputy commissioner of police Navi Mumbai Ashok Dudhe said on Friday.

Apart from Shah and Bhalerao, the other accused arrested in the case have been identified as Anil Sawant (45), Krishna Gawli (35) and Satish Shirke (47). While the rest of the accused were arrested in December last year, Shah was nabbed on Wednesday.

According to reports, Shah, the founder & CMD of Bhumi Raj Group, approached Bhalerao and connived with them to fabricate documents to certify himself as a farmer.

The bogus documents were presented at the tehsildar’s office in Latur, following which Shah managed to get the certificate to show that he was a farmer and bought the prime land worth crores in Nhava Sheva.

Following the arrest, Shah was produced before a Panvel court, which remanded him to police custody till February 15.

The arrests have come a year after a case of forgery and cheating was registered against Shah and others at Nhava Sheva police station.

Officials, meanwhile, are still probing the case further to find persons who prepared the bogus documents and other middlemen.

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