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Fresh FIR of fraud registered against Ansal Group in Lucknow

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Lucknow: A fresh FIR has been registered here against real estate giant, Ansal API Group over a case of alleged fraud and criminal breach of trust.

This is the same matter in which Uttar Pradesh Minister Swati Singh had asked the Cantonment police circle officer to quash the case. The audio of the conversation had gone viral and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pulled up the minister for this.

In the FIR lodged here under PGI police station on Sunday, the complainant Deepti Kannuadia has accused Ansal API of accepting over Rs 30 lakhs through cheques for booking a 240 square metre plot in its Sushant Golf City project on Shaheed Path, Lucknow. However, the plot has not been given to the buyer even after a period of eight years.

In her complaint, Deepti has accused the group’s chairman, Sushil Ansal, his son and vice chairman of the group, Pranav Ansal, and two other authorities — Sushil Singh and Arun Mishra.

Her husband, Sachin Kannuadia, said they booked the plot on February 16, 2012 and paid the entire amount but they were not given possession of the plot.

Sachin said the group authorities kept delaying the matter, citing different reasons every time they approached them for the plot’s possession.

“Arun Mishra even misbehaved and threatened us with dire consequences when we approached him a few months ago. They have not even returned the amount taken in the name of the plot,” he said.

Earlier on November 13 and October 4, 2019, similar FIRs were registered against the group, accusing its authorities of cheating investors and threatening them with dire consequences.

As many as 24 criminal cases have been lodged against the group and its authorities at different police stations of Lucknow since 2017.

On September 29, Pranav Ansal was arrested by the Lucknow police after being detained by immigration authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi while trying to board a flight to London.

He and his father Sushil Ansal are wanted in several cases of fraud and criminal breach of trust. Two directors of the group, Arun Mishra and Harish Gulla, were arrested earlier in connection with two cases registered at the Vibhuti Khand police station of Lucknow on June 6, 2019.

On Friday, a major controversy erupted after an audio clip went viral in which minister of state (independent charge), Swati Singh, was allegedly heard questioning the circle officer (CO) of Cantonment, Lucknow, Beenu Singh, for lodging an FIR against the builder (Ansal) and asking her to close the case.

The next day, Adityanath summoned the minister and asked her to explain her conduct in the audio clip in which she purportedly threatened a woman police officer for entertaining the complaint of the Kannuadia couple and asked her to close the “high profile case”.

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Elderly couple found dead murdered with throats slit in Lucknow

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Lucknow: An elderly couple was found dead murdered in their residence here with their throats slit under Saadatganj police station limit on Thursday.

Additional Director General (Lucknow Zone) S.N. Sabat said Hilal Ahmad (70), who owned chikankari stores, and his wife Bilkis (65) had been living in the rented house in Saadatganj area for over 30 years.

The couple has a daughter, Sehar, who is a dentist and lives in Australia.

Sabat said: “Surgical gloves and tea cups have been seized from the scene. It indicates the possibility of an acquaintance being involved in the double murder. The motive though is not clear yet.”

Forensic experts have said that more than two persons, who were familiar to the place, had visited the couple. They ruled out a robbery attempt.

Inspector General (Lucknow Range) S.K. Bhagat said the couple’s throats had been slit with sharp-edged weapons, which required a certain degree of physical proximity and hence, indicated the possibility of acquaintances being involved.

Shakur, who lives in the neighbourhood and owns a medicine store, told reporters he had neither heard screams nor did he see any stranger go in or come out of the house.

“I saw the door to Ahmad’s house wide open. I sent Salim (of Dabeerudaullah Phatak in Chaupatiya) inside. He saw the bodies and we informed the police,” Shakur said.

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