A land sold by its rightful owner to a recognised buyer in 2021. A deal convened within the laws of the land. And that should have been the end.
But the story did not end there.
The land was sold again. The owner was someone else. And so was the buyer.
Sensing something was wrong, the “new buyer,” one Bhadreshkumar Sheth, approached the Gujarat High Court that the agreement for selling 9,200 sq metre land at Kunvar village in Sanand did not bear signatures of the primary owner. The authorised seller, Vanrajsinh Vaghela, claimed to be a close relative of Pravinkunvarba Jadeja, a native of Sanand, now a resident of Pune.
However, according to Vaghela, she refused to sign the sale deed after agreeing upon selling the land, following which, Sheth filed a suit seeking to direct her to carry out the agreement to sell. When the order was not in his favour, he appealed again. This time around, the fraud came to light that neither was Vaghela the woman’s relative nor was the land available for sale at all. Meanwhile, Pravinkunvarba Jadeja also submitted that she had sold the land to one Hiral Shah in 2021.
Hearing the matter, Gujarat High Court granted relief to Jadeja. The court held that no person can sell land on behalf of its owner without documents of authority to do so. HC imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the “new buyer” of the land for filing a “frivolous and vexatious suit.”
The court further observed: “Not a single document comes on record which would demonstrate that she ever authorised Vanrajsinh Ranjitsinh Vaghela to deal with the land in question. We are of the opinion that a frivolous and vexatious suit was filed by the appellant to usurp the land in question belonging to the woman, and that too subsequent to the land being sold by her way back in 2021.”