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Chintels Directors, Contractor & Engineers Booked For Cheating | Gurgaon News

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Gurgaon: The directors of real estate company Chintels, contractor Bhayana Builders, and the structural engineers and the architect of Paradiso, the Sector 109 housing society where a vertical collapse of the living rooms of five flats from the sixth to the second floors in one of the towers on February 10 led to the death of two residents, were on Sunday booked for cheating and forgery on a complaint submitted by the town and country planning department (DTCP).
District town planner (enforcement) RS Batth told TOI that he has submitted a complaint seeking an FIR against all the directors of Chintels, structural engineers Ajay Sahni, Kunwar Khaliqe Ahamed and Arvind Kumar Gupta, architect Ashish Jaiswal and contractor Bhayana Builders under the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975 and relevant sections of the IPC.
On Sunday, the accused were booked under sections 10 and 12 of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act 1975 and IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 417 (cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery for valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).
Earlier, an FIR was filed against Chintels managing director Ashok Solomon and others under sections 304A (causing death by negligence) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC on a complaint from Rajesh Bhardwaj, whose wife Ekta was among the victims.
In the recommendation for FIR that the DTCP had given to the police, it has stated that the occupation certificate (OC) for Paradiso was applied through KK Singhal, the vice-president of Chintels. Subsequently, Sahni, a structural engineer from IIT-Delhi, and Jaiswal had certified that the project work has been supervised and completed “to their satisfaction” in accordance with the sanctioned building plans and its structural design was checked and certified by the proof consultant.
Sahni, as per the DTCP, had submitted the structural stability certificate on the letterhead of BMSF Design Consultant Pvt Ltd, certifying that the project had been designed in the accordance with the National Building Code and Bureau of Indian Standards for Structural Stability and would withstand earthquake impact. The 12-acre project, which has nine residential towers, was granted licences in 2007 and 2008 and occupation certificates in 2016 and 2017.
“The (February 10) cave-in has proved that the certificate of the structural engineer and proof consultant and work of (the) contractor is not creditworthy and rather fraudulent. Therefore, the developer, structural engineer and contractor are solely responsible for the incident,” Batth stated.
DTCP officials said it was apparent that there was a violation of the provisions of the Haryana Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas, Restriction of Unregulated Development Act and Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act. Tower D, where the cave-in happened, has 18 floors, like the other towers at Paradiso and has been evacuated. The body of one of the victims was brought out from the debris that landed in the living room of the first floor flat only late on Saturday night, over 48 hours after rescue operations began on Thursday evening.


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