Court orders a senior officer of EOW to supervise cheating case involving AMR Infrastructure
A special court on Monday directed a senior officer of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to supervise the probe in a case involving directors of real estate major AMR Infrastructure Ltd, accused of duping 200 investors of crores of rupees.
The court said that keeping in view the gravity of the offence and its impact on the number of investors, it would be appropriate that the case be investigated by a senior officer. The matter should be supervised by the deputy commissioner of police concerned of the EOW. Special Judge Kamini Lau’s direction came during the hearing of a bail plea of one of the arrested directors of the real estate firm.
During the proceedings, the court was informed by the counsel for the accused director and complainants that they were in the process of finalising a settlement. The court made it clear that it was not inclined to grant bail to the director till the time he returned the money of all the investors.
The judge was also informed by DCP, EOW, P K Mishra that a look-out circular had been issued against other absconding directors of the firm and the agency was in the process of collecting the details of their attachable assets.
The court directed that the details of the assets of the directors and the company be placed before the court on August 28, the next date of the hearing.
According to the complainants, they were induced in 2006 to invest in the project located in Greater Noida and the firm had also assured returns on the investments. The project in dispute included a mall and a residential area.
The investigating officer (IO), in a report, said that till 2008, there was no construction activity at the site and when the complainants confronted the company officials, they were informed that possession would be given by the end of 2010, but they had not got possession till now.
The report said according to documents supplied by the firm, it received investments of over Rs 540 crore from the investors on the pretext of setting up a mall and a valley, among others.
The IO also said that till date the police had received 200 complaints and fresh pleas of investors were pouring in against the company and its directors. The officer submitted that the company or the directors had not completed the project in 10 years and there was a remote possibility of it in the near future. They were neither returning the money nor giving possession to the buyers, he added.