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Man booked for hiding religious identity during sale of plot of land under Disturbed Area Act moves HC for anticipatory bail


Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: A Parsi man, Feroze Contractor has moved anticipatory bail before the Gujarat High Court to avoid arrest in connection with an FIR lodged against him with JP Road Police Station on August 30.

Contractor is accused of suppressing his religious identity during the sale of his property falling in an area which is subject to the Disturbed Area Act in Vadodara. The property was sold to a Muslim man.

The petitioner – Feroze Contractor, a Parsi, was booked under forgery, violation of Disturbed Area Act and criminal breach of trust.

Under the Act, buyers and sellers must seek permission from concerned authorities (district collector) before entering into a sale deed or agreement.

It is alleged that the petitioner Feroze Contractor while selling his property to a Muslim man did not mention his religion in the application which he submitted before the deputy collectorate seeking permission to sell the prosperity under the Disturbed Area Act.

The FIR said that the Parsi man gave a false address stating that he lives in Tandalja before the authorities to obtain permission under the Act.

What is the case under the Disturbed Area Act?

It is alleged that in 2015 when Feroze Contractor purchased a plot from Dashrathlal Panchal he had mentioned his religion as Parsi in the application submitted before the collectorate under the Disturbed Area Act.

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He was also issued the NOC from the chairman of Samarpan Society.

In areas that fall under the Act, a person who wants to sell his property to a person belonging to another religion has to take the permission of the collectorate.

Earlier, Vadodara Sessions Court had rejected the anticipatory bail of Feroze Contractor citing that the accused misled the authorities and hence cannot be granted bail. Also, the accused had submitted bogus certificate before the collector for which custodial interrogation is required.

An FIR was lodged by Manish Malhotra, chairman of Samarpan Society with JP Road Police Station, Vadodara regarding the sale of plot F- 9 in the society.

The chairman accused Feroze Contractor of hiding his religious identity and selling the plot to a Muslim man- Firoz Patel, his mother and brother.

He alleged that bogus certificate and religious identity was not disclosed before the collectorate for seeking permission under the Disturbed Area Act.


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