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E. Ananthan, who was arrested by the police, on Tuesday. —
COIMBATORE: The sleuths of the City Crime Branch of the Coimbatore City Police on Tuesday arrested E. Anand alias Anandan on charges of cheating a businessman and his brother. Anandan, who is the son of former Avanashi MLA Elango is a DMK functionary and is currently the district panchayat vice-chairman.
Anandan who entered into an agreement for sale of land, later refused to part with the land as well as the advance money paid towards the same.
Sri Sharma of ATT Colony preferred a complaint with the City Police Commissioner Amaresh Pujari stating that he had opted to buy two farmhouse sites measuring 15 cents each for himself and his brother and entered into an agreement with Green Home Landscape Private Limited, of which Anandan is the managing director. The lands were offered under the company's Western Welsh project. The complainant paid Rs 20,000 for each site and had remitted Rs 2,500 per month for each site for 54 months.
As per the agreement, the complainant had to pay a monthly instalment for 59 months and had only five more months remaining for getting the sites registered in his and brother's name. When he approached the Green Home Landscape Private Limited for paying the instalment for the 55th month, the firm refused to take the payment and the complainant was told that the remaining five instalments could be paid at the time of registration.
Thereafter, the firm kept dodging the complainant and refused to part with the sites and the money paid as advance for the property. Becoming suspicious, Mr. Sharma obtained encumbrance certificates for the said sites for which he had been paying the money from October 2001. The certificates revealed that the said sites booked by the complainant were already sold to different persons in 2003 and 2004 itself. Sharma then met the Managing Director Anandan seeking refund of the money paid towards the site but the latter refused to part with the money.
Mr. Sharma said that Anandan threatened him with dire consequences using his “political clout”.
The CCB registered a case against Anandan under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 409 (criminal breach of trust by a merchant/agent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (i) Criminal Intimidation of Indian Penal Code and was remanded to custody.
Mr. Amaresh Pujari, appreciating the CCB for the meticulous investigation, said if other persons too had similar complaints of cheating against Green Home Landscape Private Limited could approach the police.
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