Cheated in land deal, Jethmalani complains to Chennai police chief
CHENNAI: Former Union law minister and senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani has complained to the Chennai city police that a real estate dealer has cheated him of Rs 7 crore. Jethmalani, 91, visited the police commissioner’s office here on Friday to file the complaint.
Police sources said Jethmalani and his two friends in Delhi had approached a real estate broker in Nungambakkam, whom they had identified through a leading website. They asked him to show them properties in prime areas in the city and on ECR. The man collected Rs 7 crore from them under the pretext of paying an advance to a land owner, but never got the land registered.
A police source said whenever Jethmalani and his friends tried to ask for the money, the dealer would dodge the matter and instead suggest a few other properties in the city. Finally, when they insisted on getting back the money, he vanished, Jethmalani told police commissioner S George. The commissioner has forwarded the complaint to the central crime branch (CCB).
Coming out of the commissioner’s office, Jethmalani, however, said he was on an official visit. Police officers had apparently advised Jethmalani against telling reporters the details of the cheating case.
Sources said the police commissioner, who visited some senior officials in the secretariat, has apprised them about Jethmalani’s complaint. Jethmalani came to the commissioner’s office at 1pm and left the campus at 1.30pm.