Dead woman resurrected to sign property deal in Delhi

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New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) A dead woman was resurrected to sign a property deal twelve years after her death.

According to a complaint filed with Delhi Police chief Y S Dadwal, the woman, Devika Rani, wife of Late Chaman Lal, resident of A-55, Kamla Nagar in North Delhi, was the original owner of a property in the Community Centre-II, Ashok Vihar, Phase-II as per the perpetual lease signed on August 11, 1975 with the DDA.

The deal was duly registered with the Registrar (number 2844, book number 1, volume 3253 on pages 63-68 number 27184 dated August 27, 1975), the complaint filed by Indian Institute of Finance head J D Agarwal said.

The complainant remarked ''the dead woman comes on earth from heaven after 12 years of her death to sign the power of attorney.'' Devika Rani died on August 16, 1988 at the LNJP hospital as per the MCD records (Number 3190 dated August 18, 1988).

Surprisingly, 12 years after her death she came alive to sign a power of attorney for getting a conveyance deed executed by the DDA, it added.

The latest conveyance deed (DDA file number Pd(11)71/CL, DL/04/043/234862) was executed in favour of Builders -- Shakti Towers (P) Limited (104, Krit Plaza, 5 LDC Surajmal Vihar) on June 3, 2005.

The complaint further said it has been observed that the conveyance deed was based on Devika Rani executing the power of attorney on January 20, 2000, almost 12 years after her death, appointing one Rajani Singla, wife of Munish Singla, a resident of 130 Shreshtha Vihar, Delhi as her attorney.

''The fraudulent conveyance deed was later registered with Registrar VII, New Delhi on June 29, 2005 vide number 6903 book number 1 volume 1565.'' Dr Agarwal, an economist, urged the Police Commissioner to investigate the matter in public interest.

UNI AG MSJ SSC1315

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