Owner tries to evict Verma staff from farmhouse, arrested
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The owner of a farmhouse in Vasant Kunj and two others have been arrested for allegedly attempting to evict at gunpoint the staff of businessman Abhishek Verma from the property. Police quoted the farmhouse owner as saying he hadn't been paid the monthly rental of Rs 3 lakh for the last nine months.
Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Neacsu, granted bail on August 8 in a corruption case for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss firm to stall its blacklisting proceedings by the Indian government, were arrested again the same day in connection with a forgery case filed on a complaint from Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken. On Thursday, a Delhi court remanded the couple in CBI custody until August 21.
Verma's 20-member staff at the farmhouse have told police that around 1 pm Wednesday, the property owner, Ajay Gupta, came in a Mercedes Benz with two others, Sourav Sood and Vishal Chaudhary. Police said Gupta runs an advertising firm and is a resident of GK-II.
In a complaint to the police, a staff member said: "He (Gupta) called us and said he was the owner of the farmhouse and that we should vacate the place immediately."
Police said the farmhouse was rented out to Ganton India Pvt Ltd in 2010. Gupta told police that a few days ago, two directors of the company told him that the lease agreement had been terminated and he could claim his property.
Police said the three men lined up the staff members and asked them to pack and leave. The staff member who lodged the complaint told police that when they objected, Gupta whipped out a revolver and threatened them.
Forced out of the farmhouse, the staff called the police control room. Police reached the spot, arrested the three men and seized the Mercedes. Police said the three men have been booked under IPC sections relating to wrongful restraint, house trespass, criminal intimidation and under the Arms Act.
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