The Gujarat High Court has directed the police not to take coercive steps against a man, Feroze Contractor till December 16. Contractor is accused of suppressing his religious identity during the sale of a plot of land falling under the Disturbed Area Act in Vadodara.
He had moved the high court to avoid arrest after an FIR was lodged against him with JP Road Police Station on August 30.
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 property 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.
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.
What is the case under Disturbed Area Act?
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.
It is alleged that in 2015 when Feroze Contractor purchased a plot from Dashrathlal Panchal he had mentioned his religion as Parsi in an application submitted before the collectorate under DAA. He was also issued the NOC from the chairman of Samarpan society.
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