Mumbai cops move court to issue red-corner notice against Michael Ferreira in land-grab case

Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 10:52am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Matters seem to be getting worse for former world billiards champion Michael Ferriera, with the Gorai police moving the Borivli metropolitan magistrate court to issue a red-corner notice against him. This type of notice is issued by international authorities like the Interpol.

A case of alleged land grabbing has been registered against Ferriera and a few others at the Gorai police station. Earlier this week, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police issued a Lookout Circular (LOC) against Ferriera after he failed to appear before them for questioning in the Rs425-crore QNET scam.

According to the police, in June 2013, the Gorai police received a complaint against seven people, including Ferriera. “The complainant has alleged that Ferriera had reportedly prepared a fake power of attorney for a plot of land (belonging to the complainant) in Gorai in 2000. In 2011, Ferriera reportedly sold the plot of land to a builder for a mere Rs11 lakh, even though its market price then was close to Rs2.5 crore,” said investigating officer Gokul Patil of Gorai police station.

After preliminary investigations, the police concluded there was a prima facie case made out. “Following this, we registered a case of cheating, forgery and land grabbing against seven suspects. So far, we have arrested two people in the case. Out of the remaining five suspects, one is dead and we are on the lookout for four others, including Ferriera,” Patil said. The Gorai police registered an FIR in the case on November 25, 2013.

Patil further said that despite sending summons, Ferriera failed to appear before the police for questioning. “During investigation, we found out that Ferriera had left the country in August 2013 and hasn’t returned since,” Patil added.

Fearing that Ferriera is deliberately not returning to the country in an attempt to scuttle investigations, the Gorai police moved the Borivli metropolitan magistrate’s court in the last week of December for the issuance of a red-corner notice against him. 

In a span of a few days, there have been two notices invoked against Ferriera. “An LOC is issued by Indian authorities. However, a red-corner notice is issued by international authorities like Interpol,” said senior criminal advocate Sayaji Nangre.

“We are awaiting orders from the Borivli court. Then, we will move the higher authorities,” Patil said.

The complaint
According to the police, Cyril Henriques, a resident of Gorai, had alleged that his mother, Shera Mary Henriques, had bought the property in Kulwem village from Ferreira’s grandfather for Rs450 in 1935. The land was surrendered in 1953 to the complainant’s mother as per government records. Also,  Ferreira’s father had given a no-objection letter regarding the same to the tehshildar in 1985.

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