The Navi Mumbai police probe into the suicide of builder Raj Kandhari has revealed that he had been booked for cheating in nine cases. He was also facing a case under the Arms Act. In addition, the police have found two cheating cases where Kandhari was the aggrieved party.
According to the police, majority of cheating cases registered against Kandhari were by flat buyers who had not received possession of flats he had constructed. Kandhari, of the Swaraj Builders & Developers Group, had more than 15 projects across Navi Mumbai since 2000.
Officers said that case files reveal that in 2011, Kandhari was accused of firing his licenced revolver, for which he was booked.
“The licence for Kandhari’s .32 revolver was issued in 2008 and in 2013, it was cancelled. It was in 2014 that his licence was reissued,” an investigator said.
The latest police complaint registered against Kandhari was in 2015, after he allegedly failed to complete payment to one Jayesh Patel, who claimed to have worked with Kandhari on a 2012 project. Patel registered a cheating case at Nhava Sheva police station in August 2015, claiming Kandhari had failed to pay him Rs 1 crore.
Investigators claim that for the past six months, Kandhari had been finding it hard to return the money he had borrowed from several investors. Kandhari is also booked in a cheque bounce case.