THANE: Investigators probing the multi-crore Urban Land Ceiling Regulation Act (ULCRA) scam suspect more than 30 builders usurped land that they were supposed to have surrendered to the government, by forging revenue department documents.
The scam was busted by the Thane crime branch on November 12, with the arrest of Mira Road builder Shyamsunder Agarwal. A police team is scrutinizing documents seized from Agarwal. Investigators said that like Agarwal, several builders avoided surrendering excess land holding to the government or giving ready-to-stay flats under the ULCRA by bribing revenue department officials. “The seized documents and enquiries reveal that around 30 builders have cheated the government. A thorough probe and scrutiny of records will help us nail them,” a senior police officer said. “There is a huge disparity between revenue department records and those of the builders,” the officer said.
According to sources, Viswaroop Parkar alias Baban (38), who was arrested for forging revenue department documents to help Agarwal, has named some builders. “They are likely to be summoned for inquiry,” the officer said. Parkar, who worked as a temporary staff in the Thane collector office around a decade ago, is suspected to have forged exemption certificates of the revenue department which Agarwal used to usurp the land meant to be given to the government.
“Builders who forged or tampered with documents will be exposed soon,” said investigation officer Bharat Shelke.
Credits ET Realty