Vadodara: A sub-registrar who is accused in a case of usurping the property of an NRI woman was denied regular bail by a sessions court here on Saturday.
On January 22, Shankar Bhedi was arrested by the detection of crime branch against illegal fraud in NRI property case. Shankar claiming that he has been falsely implicated in the case so had sought bail. He further claims that he was arrested even as his name had was not mentioned in the FIR by the NRI woman Lopa Dave. Bhedi informed the court that he is not supposed to verify or authenticate details mentioned in a sale deed as he was merely discharging his duties as class III sub-registrar in Akota.
Assistant government pleader Ramesh Gianchandani in response to Bedi’s application argued that Bhedi changed 11 pages of the original document and has added new pages to facilitate usurpation of the property and forgery. Gianchandani was also compliant that Bhedi registered the document without following the proper procedure and doesn’t comply with the provisions of Registration Act. AA Nanavati, the court of additional sessions judge upheld the arguments and rejected Bedi’s plea.
Bhedi is charged with allegedly supporting the kingpins of the case by registering the alleged forged sale deed. This deed was executed on the basis of a forged power of attorney of Dave’s uncle Ramanlal Patel.
Bhedi went on a leave of 30 days and was not even in his house in Godhra after his name had come up during the investigation. Bhedi filled for an anticipatory bail that was withdrawn later by him. Bhedi kept on running from one city to another in Gujrat before being arrested from Golden Chowkdi.