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Controversy • Booked under cheating charges for a land scam
In March 2020, an FIR was registered against the chairman of Sujata Farms Private Limited, Vikram Gokhale, and its two directors, Jayant Mhalgi and Sujata Mhalgi for allegedly duping Rs 96.99 lakh from 14 investors against a plot deal in Mulshi taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. One of the victims, Jayant Bhairat, an artist from Kothrud in Pune, lodged a complaint at the Paud Police Station in Mulshi taluka, Pune, and accused the three of cheating him and other people involved in a private hill station project called Girivan, promoted by Sujata Farms Private Limited, which came into operation in 1989. He alleged that the directors of the project mislead the people by assuring the project as “government-approved” and lured them to invest in the scheme after convincing them of several benefits. Considering the goodwill of Vikram Gokhale, people trusted him and eventually invested in the project. After a few years, despite collecting the money and signing the legal sale deed, the investors were delivered with the plots, which had discrepancies in terms of measurement and size of land. The police booked Vikram and the other accused under sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 341 (wrongful restraint), 447 (criminal trespass), 34(common intention), and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In an interview, Jayant talked about the scam and revealed the details of the project and said,
Considering the involvement of Gokhale, we trusted them and invested in the project. The other accused are lawyers so they assured the investors that they need not to worry about the legal part of the deal. In 2016, when we requested the collector to get government demarcation of the land done, the accused objected to it. It was then that we realised that we had been cheated. There are more than 50 people who have been duped by the accused.”

During an interview, Vikram Gokhale, addressed the media and denied the charges levied on him regarding the land scam and said,
I was the director and the face of the company. I tendered my resignation on January 9 and I am not related to the project as of now. Despite this, my name has been dragged in the FIR. The company has handed over 958 plots in the scheme without any trouble. People mentioned in the FIR have also got their plots, but there are some issues with their measurement. This issue can be sorted out once the government-appointed team measures the land. It is not the case that they have not received their plots. All the documents and agreements have been processed clearly.”

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