Here is all that you need to know in case of property forgery!
For most of the people, the property in which they invest is all they have saved across their life. Unfortunately, there are several cases from around the world which involves property forgery and India is no exception. Courts of law in India are filled with several such claims, pending for years, waiting eagerly to get resolved.
In most of the cases, it has been observed that the main reason which leads to the property forgery is the irresponsibility of the property holders. Miscreants can easily forge the documents of a given property in case the property holders mishandle. Producing fake documents such as power of attorney, forge signatures and carrying on tax transaction on those fake documents are prominent in such cases.
In the past two decades, India has witnessed rapid transformation in the real estate sector. Consequently, cases related to property forgery has also risen significantly. In this article, we will try to discuss essential things one must do to in case of property forgery.
What is the first thing should a person do in case of facing property forgery?
The first thing a victim must do is to file a complaint in a police station which holds the jurisdiction of the property in question. In the police complaint, one must mention ‘forgery’, ‘fabrication of documents’ and cheating. If the power of attorney has been forged, then you should immediately file a declaration suit in court stating that the victim is the absolute and only owner of that property.
Laws related to property forgery
The Indian Penal Code under several sections criminalises the act of fraud and is punishable as described by the law.
Section 120B – applicable when there are more than one party involved
Section 420 – cheating
Section 467 – creating of false documents
Section 468 – forgery with the purpose of cheating
Section 471 – use of forged documents for legal transactions
What else can you do?
The victim should also write to the Inspector General of registration and sub-registrar regarding your property. While writing, you must clearly explain the situation and about the forgery case. The victim can also make use of media channels such as newspapers to get details of the fraud published. In the details, the victim must mention that he/she does not know the transactions that may have taken or may take place.
You must keep the documents of the property safe, and it is also essential to have personal possession of your property in India.