A family of three, including a man, his wife and son were arrested by the Noida Police on the complaint of his brother for alleged fraud, including showing their dead mother as alive, to grab her properties worth Rs 285 crore, officials said on Tuesday. Mumbai-based Sunil Gupta, his wife Radha and son Abhishek, were produced in a Noida court after they were held from their Hiranandani Gardens home in Mumbai's Powai area on December 15, the police said.
An FIR was registered at the Sector 20 police station in Noida on directions of the district court, which was moved by Vijay Gupta who alleged fraud by his elder brother, his sister-in-law, two nephews, and five others in the five-year-old case, an official said.
"After their mother's demise, Sunil Gupta had created a fake certificate that she is alive and got documents forged to get a company fraudulently transferred in his and his family's name. This caused Vijay Gupta to lose Rs 285 crore," Station House Officer Manoj Kumar Pant said.
Their mother Kamlesh Rani, who passed away on March 7, 2011, had properties worth Rs 285 crore, including a candle manufacturing factory in Mumbai which has an office in Noida also. She had stated in her will that after her demise, the properties would be divided among her sons. But Vijay Gupta moved the district court alleging his brother had forged documents and got the company, in which he was also a partner, entirely under his control, an official said.
"Sunil Gupta had presented documents at the registrar’s office in Mumbai showing he was getting the candle manufacturing company as a 'gift deed' from his mother seven days after her demise. As per law, a gift deed cannot be made in the name of dead people but he forged documents to claim that she was alive," the official said.
Vijay also alleged that Sunil Gupta made financial transactions worth Rs 29 crore from the company soon after their mother's death to a company owned by his friend without consulting him, according to the complaint. Vijay Gupta also alleged that when he opposed his elder brother's tactics he was thrashed by three unidentified men who also threatened to kill him, the police said.
"After gathering evidence, a team of the Noida Police went to Mumbai and brought Gupta, his wife and one son from their home on transit remand. They were produced in the court in Noida and sent to jail," Pant said.