Mysuru: An alert advocate busted a racket of forgery and saved a bank from losing Rs six crore to fraudsters.
On Wednesday Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) chairman HV Rajiv told media persons “It was the investigative mind of advocate Smitha Devaiah that called the bluff”.
Smitha is an advocate of MUDA and is also on the panel of advocates of State Bank of India (SBI).
Rajiv explained that site number 152 in the dimension of 80 ft x100 feet is a vacant site. It is still a MUDA property. However a fake document was created in the name of one Padma and the racketeers had made a bid to pledge the site at SBI for Rs six crore loan. Following this, Bank had sought the service of Smitha for document verification and legal opinion.
Smitha suspected something fishy and alerted Lakshmipuram police. On the other hand, she searched the documents at sub-registrar’s office too. Later, police took three suspects into custody.
Smitha recalled that “four to five people came to my office along with 30 documents. It all looked like old documents, dated 1974 while all were forged because the dates and signature and signatory were not matching either at subregistrar office or MUDA. I found that papers are not original. So I asked them to bring original documents. However they were seen muttering among themselves and appeared doubtfull. Later I contacted police to alert them. Following the enquiry about documents and property, the investigators took them into their custody”, she said.
Rajiv said “We had all the documents and are digitised. Those who have kept their property vacant can place board and safeguard them. Otherwise they may have to face legal and financial burdens”, Rajiv suggested.
MUDA secretary Savitha, members Naveen Kumar and Lakshmi were present.