The Punjab State Consumer Commission has given a tough verdict against an accused builder in the case of cheating people of crores in the name of property. Consumer Commission President Justice Daya Choudhary told the builder- ‘He will get bail only if he returns the money from the people. While in jail, he cannot return the money of the people, so the judge has asked him to sit in his office from 10 am to 6 pm in police custody and arrange funds to settle the cases of the people.
If he returns the money of the people only then he will get bail. Justice Daya Chaudhary has given this judgment against Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, the managing director of Mohali-based real estate company RKM Housing Limited. Ahluwalia is currently in Burail Jail. Many people had complained of fraud against him in consumer courts. He was also declared a fugitive by the Punjab State Consumer Commission.
He was arrested by Chandigarh Police in January last year. Many people had complained against RKM company. One of the complainants was Ram Prakash Sharma of Pathan Court. Sharma approached the company in August 2014 to buy the property. The company said that they have a lot of land in Sector-111 and 112 of Mohali and they are building housing projects.
Sharma bought a flat from the company, for which he made a check of Rs 5 lakh 80 thousand. The company said that soon their flats will start being built near 200 feet road. When Sharma inquired about the status of the project after a year, it was found that no work had started there. Finally he filed a complaint against the company in the commission. On his complaint, on 11 April 2018, the Consumer Commission had given a decision to refund the company Rs 5 lakh 80 thousand and pay a damages of Rs 50 thousand.
Will have to go to police custody, will have to tell – how much money has been arranged
The Consumer Commission had sent these orders to the Superintendent of Burail Jail last month. The Consumer Commission allowed the accused to go to office on September 22, 25 and 26. Said that how much money was arranged in three days, its information would have to be given to the commission. The Consumer Commission has clearly stated that the accused, while in the custody of the police, will leave the Burail Jail at 10 am to his office and then return to the jail at 6 pm.
During this time he cannot go anywhere other than the office. This responsibility will also be of the jail superintendent. According to the fixed days, the accused builder sat in his office till the stipulated time. For three days he kept coming and going from jail. The matter was heard again in the month of October 1, in which the builder sought more time from the commission for a few days. The matter will now come up for hearing on November 1.