ED arrests Bengaluru builder Sushil P Mantri in money-laundering case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Sushil P Mantri, director of Bengaluru-based Mantri Developers Private Limited, in connection with a money-laundering case.
The ED initiated an investigation in March 2022 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 on the basis of a first information report registered in Bengaluru’s Subramanyapura police station in 2020 against the company, its directors and employees.
Many homebuyers filed complaints with the police as well as the ED alleging that they were cheated out of more than Rs 1,000 crore after being shown misleading brochures with rosily painted schemes. They also accused the builder of falsification of delivery timelines.
According to the ED, however, the homebuyers have not got their flats even after seven-ten years. It was also found that the company offered various Ponzi-like schemes as buy-back plans and that advance money was collected for the flats and homes. In some cases, the company has not refunded the amount to buyers even after a clear direction from the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), the agency said.
The ED further said that the money collected from homebuyers for the construction of flats had been diverted by the company management for personal or other fraudulent purposes, stalling the project.
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