Powai-resident brings dead mother to life to seize her 285 cr property, arrested

Powai-resident brings dead mother to life to seize her 285 cr property, arrested
7 days after her demise, Sunil Gupta (inset) presented forged documents at the Registrar office in Mumbai to show he was getting their candle manufacturing business as a ‘gift deed’ from his mother

In a bizarre case, a Powai-resident has been arrested for fraudulently showing his dead mother as alive on papers to dupe his brother and pocket her property, worth an estimated Rs 285 crore.

The accused, Sunil Gupta, was arrested by the Noida Police – along with his wife Radha and son Abhishek – from their house in Powai’s Hiranandani Gardens earlier this week.

Sector 20 police station in Noida had registered an FIR against them after Sunil’s brother Vijay had alleged fraud by his elder brother, his wife, two sons, and five others in the five-year-old case.

“After their mother’s demise, Sunil had created a fake certificate that she is alive and got documents forged to get a company fraudulently transferred in his and his family’s name,” Manoj Kumar Pant, Station House Officer, was quoted as saying.

Their mother, Kamlesh Rani, had passed away in 2011 and left behind properties worth Rs 285 crore. In her will, she had stated that the properties should be divided among the sons, but Vijay claimed that Sunil had forged documents to seize everything.

“The fraud had caused the complainant a loss of Rs 285 crore,” Pant added.

The accused had presented documents at the Registrar office in Mumbai showing he was getting the candle manufacturing company, a part of the estate, as a ‘gift deed’ from his mother seven days after her demise.

Since the law does not allow a gift deed to be made in the name of a dead person, Sunil forged documents to claim that her mother was alive.

Sunil, his wife Radha and son Abhishek were brought to Noida on transit remand and produced before a magistrate on Tuesday, after which they were sent to judicial custody. The second son Anurag, who is also named in the FIR, is currently absconding.

The accused have been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC.

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