Police to probe past disputes

In 2010, Bombay High Court (HC) ordered registration of an FIR against real estate agent Sumit Bachewar and aides for allegedly duping Lohariya. Lohariya claimed the accused were aides of builders against whom he had lodged complaints.

In response to his written complaint, Navi Mumbai Police conducted an inquiry but did not register an FIR. HC said his complaint "discloses a cognizable offence" and directed registration of an FIR. It also ordered the assistant commissioner of police, crime branch, to probe the case.

"There were several cases filed by Lohariya against Bachewar and associates, and vice-versa. Some of these came to police through a magistrate. These were civil cases pertaining to cheating. We will probe whether any of these disputes has anything to do with the murder," said Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner A K Singh.Lohariya was also the whistleblower in an alleged FSI violation case. A case was registered in 2011 at his instance against builder Vijay Gajra and architect Anurag Garg. Last year, Lohariya filed a petition in HC seeking transfer of the case to CBI. The plea is pending.

His son Sandeep alleged Gajra and Garg could be involved in the murder.

Gajra admitted differences with Lohariya but said the matter was buried. "We resolved our differences almost a year ago. I understand that three people have been arrested for the murder. I have never heard of any of these men. How could I be behind this?" he said, adding, "I have spoken to police and have told them I can come down to record statement any time."

"I am aware of a case in which Gajra was booked on a complaint by Lohariya. We will look into this as well," said police commissioner A K Sharma.

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