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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:54 AM (IST)

Dead man’s signature forged, house mortgaged

Panchkula house is worth several crores

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 9

The police have registered a case against an unidentified person for forging the signatures of a dead person on an affidavit to seek permission from the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) for mortgaging a house at Sector 7 in Panchkula with a private bank. 

The Estate Officer of HSVP, in his complaint to the police, has said Mannat Rekhi, a resident of Rajauri Garden, New Delhi, had complained about the issuance of no-objection certificate by the HSVP about the house in Sector 7, which is jointly owned by late Surjit Singh Rekhi and Tejinder Singh Rekhi, her father and cousin, respectively. Mannat had complained that the application for permission to mortgage the house was given on October 20, 2011, while her father Surjit Singh had died on September 9, 2011. The application for mortgaging the house with HDFC Ltd, Sector 8, Chandigarh, was signed by Tejinder Singh and Surjit Singh, says the complaint. 

Mannat further alleged that both Surjit Singh and Tejinder Singh had appended their signatures on the affidavit attested by the Notary on September 9, 2011. The permission to mortgage the house was issued on October 21, 2011, and the share of deceased Surjit Singh Rekhi was transferred in the name of his wife Rani Rekhi on the basis of the Will jointly with Tejinder Singh Rekhi, and the NOC submitted by HDFC Ltd on July 10, 2012. It had been mentioned in the NOC that the bank had no objection if HUDA (now HSVP) transferred the said property of late Surjit Singh Rekhi in the name of Rani Rekhi as per rules and regulations of HUDA for such transfer on the condition that HDFC would not relinquish its 100 per cent lien/charge on the said house and the same would remain mortgaged with HDFC Ltd. 

The co-allottee, Tejinder Singh, also expired on December 22, 2013, and his share in the property was transferred in the name of his wife Parveen Rekhi as she being the legal heir on August 24, 2015, and on the basis of the NOC submitted by HDFC Ltd on March 16, 2015. 

The Estate Officer says as per record, there was no fault of any officers/officials of this office in this regard. As the allottees/co-allottees had already died since long, a request for lodging an FIR was being made for the identification of the person who had appended the signatures on behalf of the dead person.

The Sector 5 police station have registered a case against an unknown person under Section 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B, IPC, and further investigation was on.


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