The Hyderabad police has registered cheating and criminal breach of trust cases against the promoters of Maytas Properties, an unlisted company owned by the family of Satyam Computer Services Ltd founder B Ramalinga Raju, who is in jail after confessing to manipulating Satyam’s accounts.
Speaking to Business Standard, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective) R S Praveen Kumar said the police registered the cases yesterday following a complaint from a member who bought property at Hill County, Bachupally, a residential project promoted by Maytas Properties on the outskirts of the city.
The complainant told the police that he paid about Rs 77 lakh to buy the property and the company promised to deliver it in March 2008 but did not do so, citing the crash in the real estate market.
The police have registered cases under Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) and Section 420 (cheating). “We will investigate the case based on the complaint,” Kumar said, adding that that the cases were filed against B Rama Raju, Maytas Properties, vice-chairman and younger son of Ramalinga Raju.
People who bought flats at Hill County have been on the warpath for some weeks now since pressure from their monthly loan instalments was building up. They have held demonstrations at the construction site, at Rama Raju’s residence and also staged a hunger strike in protest against the delay.
Hill County is a Rs 1,100-crore project out of which the company has collected Rs 654 crore by selling residential property. It currently has Rs 100 crore as receivables and Rs 200 crore as vendor liabilities. The project envisaged construction of 840 apartments and 326 independent villas. The flats were priced between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1.5 crore, while the price of villas ranged from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2.5 crore.
Last week, the company’s government-appointed director Ved Jain announced that it was looking at parting with a stake in the residential project.