MUMBAI: Barely 10 months into marriage, 27-year-old Hemlata (name changed) was shocked to discover her solicitor husband Sudhir Yeshwant Surve, 40, was a conman who cheated her out of her home and she was not even his first victim.
A case of cheating was registered against Surve at the Oshiwara police station on Saturday. Surve was arrested on Sunday and was remanded in custody till March 18.
In April 2007, Hemlata, a resident of Jogeshwari (West) and her mother received Surve’s response to a matrimonial ad they had placed in a leading local daily. Surve claimed that he owned a bungalow and a flat in Thane and another flat in Kandivili. He also claimed that he was a high-profile solicitor whose work kept him out of Mumbai for the most part of the year, as he had to attend to important cases in the Supreme Court in New Delhi, besides sundry courts across India.
Hemlata and Surve got married in May, 2007. However, Surve’s parents were not present at the wedding. Surve told Hemlata’s family that they were abroad visiting his sister.
“We have registered a case and arrested the accused. Further investigations are on. We cannot divulge more information,” police inspector (crime) Dattatrey Sankhe said.
A police officer, however, said Surve asked his legally wedded wife to sell off her residence in Jogeshwari to raise money. Surve promised her that he would do the same by selling off his Kandivili flat. Surve assured her that they would use this money to buy a more spacious residence in Malad.
Hemlata raised Rs14.5 lakh in February 2008 and handed it over to Surve during one of his brief visits to Mumbai. However, the con game came to light when Hemlata’s sister visited Surve’s Kandivili flat, where she found his parents residing along with another woman.