NOIDA: It's been two days since Noida Authority employee Nitin Rathi was accused by more than 60 people of hoodwinking them into buying fake plots, a scam they alleged was worth crores. But Rathi was still officially in his post on Friday. No FIR was registered either.
An assistant in the sports department, Rathi has been accused of orchestrating a multi-crore con job by taking money from investors to allot them plots and generating fake documents to make the deals look original.
"I have approached both the Noida Authority and the police and submitted complaints with both but no concrete action has been taken so far. On Friday, we recorded our statements in the Noida Authority," said Vikas Kumar, who alleged he had given Rathi Rs 4.5 lakh for a plot in Sector 122.
A Noida Authority official said a suspension order was ready but hadn't been served on Rathi because they were waiting for chairman and CEO Rama Raman to return from Gujarat, where he is attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Raman will be back in Noida on Saturday, the official said, adding the suspension order would be served by Monday after Raman signed it.
"We have recorded the statements of victims and prepared a suspension order. We will serve it only after chief executive Rama Raman signs it. We have also instructed our staff to lodge an FIR against Rathi," said a senior Noida Authority official. "We have also asked the department concerned to return money after examining relevant documents," the official added.
To gain the confidence of buyers, Rathi would ask them to deposit a part of the total cost of the plot in the Authority's official bank account through a demand draft, and a substantial portion of the cost to him, in cash. He used to introduce himself as a senior Authority official.
Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police Preetinder Singh said, "We have received several complaints and a team is examining the documents. Soon, we will lodge an FIR against Nitin Rathi,"
On Friday, Dipesh Kumar, who said he is based in Dubai, arrived at the Noida Authority office and introduced himself as a school friend of Rathi. He alleged Rathi had taken Rs 5 lakh from him for allotting a plot. "Rathi told me he held an important post in the Noida Authority. He assured me he would allot me a 120-square-metre plot in Sector 72 for Rs 54 lakh," he said.
Kumar added he trusted Rathi because he came with a fleet of SUVs and armed security guards for meetings or parties arranged in bars in Delhi and Noida.