Mumbai firm had asked 'mystery' Kolkata bizman to get plot vacated

Undisclosed buyerhe firm had in 2010 sold the property to an undisclosed buyer.

In a new twist to the firing at a Montessori school in Kolkata, resulting in the death of two men, the police Tuesday claimed that a Mumbai-based real estate firm had asked a city-based businessman to get the disputed property at Short Street vacated. "A Kolkata-based businessman had hired a security agency to get the plot vacated. We have to arrest him first," said Murlidhar, DC (south). Murlidhar, however, didn't name the businessman, who, he claimed, was the main accused.

It was only after the call from the Mumbai-based realty firm that the businessman hired a lawyer, Partha Chatterjee, and the security agency to get the plot vacated.

While the police did not name the firm, Mumbai-based Heartline Estate Pvt Ltd had bought the property in 1999 from a lawyer, who claimed to have had the power of attorney on behalf of one Sailabala Sein, who had inherited the property from the original owner. The firm had in 2010 sold the property to an undisclosed buyer.

One of the two claimants to the property, Sanjay Surekha who has been named as the technical owner of the plot, claims to have had entered into a contract with property dealer Parag Majumder for buying the 17 cottah plot. The contract was worth Rs 21 crore and Surekha claims to have paid Rs 8 crore upfront.

DC Murlidhar said that there could be a probable involvement of both Surekha and Majumder and "if need be, they would be arrested."

Contacted, Surekha said, "I had paid Rs 8 crore to Parag Majumder in 2010 and agreed to pay another 13 crore once he handed over the property's possession to me. But since the whole process was dragging, I told Mazumder that I was no longer interested in the plot and that he should return my money."

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