In a mind-blowing development that would have far-reaching consequences, Nagpur’s Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle, son of late Raje Ajit Singh, resident of Senior Bhonsle Palace, Nagpur and 11 others have been booked by Varanasi police on the charges of fraud, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust pertaining to a property deal in Varanasi. The Bhonsle scion and others have been booked by Chowk Police Station of the UP city under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120B, 506 of the IPC in the FIR No. 101/2014. The Varanasi police have summoned Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle and others to be present on September 3. However, the accused has procured a stay from Allahabad High Court to avoid the arrest. The next hearing in the case is slated for August 29 and the stay is likely to be vacated as the fraud has prima facie been endorsed by a Revenue Inquiry ordered by District Magistrate.
According to detailed reports, Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle owns an ancestral property named “Bhonsle Ghat” on the shores of River Ganga in Varanasi. Raje had negoatiated a deal to sell the property through his Divan Pradeep Deshmukh and lawyer Vishwanath Pandey to a Noida resident and Chairman of Sixth Sense Astro Gurukul Arun Kumar Gupta. The deal was fixed at Rs 2.60 crore and an agreement in this regard was done on May 15, 2013. Arun Kumar Gupta, according to the agreement, did a payment of Rs 83 lakh, too. Moreover, with the mutual consent between Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle and Arun Kumar Gupta, the agreement was extended till July on May 1.
In the meanwhile, according to reports, Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle hatched a conspiracy and breached the agreement by selling the Bhonsle Ghat property on June 25 to Avantika Agro Services Private Limited, Varanasi for Rs 5.10 crore. The owners of this company namely Aditya Gupta and his wife Avantika run a hotel which is located adjacent to Bhonsle Ghat.
According to the FIR, the breach of agreement, out of greed on the part of Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle, amounted to fraud with Arun Kumar Gupta. Moreover, Raje’s lawyer had sent a notice to Arun Kumar Gupta on June 26 informing him that Raje is cancelling the agreement unilaterally when the Registry in favour of Avantika Agro Services Private Limited was done on June 25 itself by taking Rs 30 lakh out of Rs 5.10 crore deal.
The Chairman of Sixth Sense Astro Gurukul Arun Kumar Gupta, on the basis of these facts and fraud with him, lodged a complaint with higher police officials of Varanasi against Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle, his Divan Pradeep Deshmukh, lawyer Vishwanath Pandey, purchasers Adidya Gupta and his wife Avantika and seven others. However, the panicky Raje Raghuji Raje Bhonsle procured a stay from Allahabad High Court against his arrest.
According to reports and the FIR, the accused committed another act of grave crime to hide notice fraud by changing the date in Registry Document. The Revenue Inquiry ordered by District Magistrate has found the overwriting in Registry Document and the date 25 was erased and changed to 26 to justify the notice sent to Arun Kumar Gupta. The Revenue Inquiry report was submitted on August 8 which exposed the fraud thoroughly. The report pointed out that to hide one fraud, the accused committed another graver fraud by tampering the Government record (Registry Document) with the help of some Government servants.