As reported by Parth Shastry of TNN in on 17 February 2008:
Gujarat's Mr Natwarlal sold a dairy-Ahmedabad-Cities-The Times of India

Gujarat's Mr Natwarlal sold a dairy

AHMEDABAD: He could well be Gujarat’s Mr Natwarlal. This cheat “sold off” Abad Dairy in Kankaria to builders by forging a string of documents — from proposals to sell the land to a letter from the chief minister’s office (CMO) “allocating the land to them.”

Badarsinh Thakor, a 12th standard pass, who used to work in an NGO, meticulously planned the scam, including details about the dairy’s future plans through an RTI application.

A group of four builders from the city lost over Rs 2 crore in a bid to lay hands on this piece of prime land in the heart of the city.

The crime branch of the city police swung into action and nabbed Thakor after orders from the CMO. The police have recovered a large chunk of money from him. Officials say they hope to get the rest of the amount soon.

The police are interested in the history of the mastermind, who despite having studied just up to standard 12, managed to fool English-speaking, high-flier builders from the city with his grand plans.

“It began with a news in a vernacular daily speculating on the fate of Abad Dairy land worth crores of rupees. As Rathod had worked closely with a group of land agents in Sabarmati, he came in contact with Bhikhabhai Maheriya, who had a power of attorney from Mumbai-based builders, the Bhagwati Group. When Maheriya showed interest, Thakor procured documents through RTI and from public offices regarding Abad dairy and its future plans,” said AF Sindhi, inspector of crime branch.

Maheriya paid Thakor Rs 1 crore over the last year in instalments. He claimed these ‘charges’ to get through official channels. He then asked Rs 1 crore at a go to get clearing orders from CMO. When Maheriya was not able to pay the sum, he roped in other builders and gave Rathod Rs 1.2 crore.

“Rathod forged a letter from CMO and quoted a price and even asked for a commission of Rs 5 crore for offering a ‘cheap’ price. He knew the official language used in such deals and nobody could make out it was forged,” said Ashish Bhatia, joint commissioner of police, crime branch.

Police investigation revealed that Rathod was involved in other scams and used this scam to pay off the previous ones .

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