RAJKOT, GUJARAT: What started as a generous favor has turned into a bitter legal battle for 75-year-old former factory owner Jayprakash Sapariya. Having trusted an acquaintance, Jayesh Savlani, with the use of his vacant flat in 2014, Sapariya now faces the stark reality of being denied rightful access to his own property.
Savlani initially approached Sapariya seeking temporary refuge while awaiting possession of his own purchased flat. Moved by his plea, Sapariya not only allowed Savlani and his family to stay rent-free but also covered their maintenance and electricity bills. This act of goodwill, however, backfired spectacularly.
In 2018, Sapariya moved to the US to be with his sons, leaving the flat at Savlani’s disposal. Upon his return in 2022, Sapariya, now wishing to return to Rajkot with his wife, requested that Savlani vacate the premises. The response was not as expected.
Savlani, initially pleading for more time due to a stalled residential project, began a series of stalling tactics. When pressed further, he brazenly refused to leave, even resorting to threats of physical violence against Sapariya should he insist on reclaiming his own property.
Sapariya, devastated by the betrayal and determined to regain his flat, filed a complaint under the Gujarat Land Grabbing Act against Savlani, his wife Meenakshi, and their son Jay. The complaint paints a picture of blatant exploitation, with Savlani and his family allegedly taking advantage of Sapariya’s trusting nature and generosity to illegally occupy his property.
The Pradhymannagar police have taken up the case and initiated an investigation. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential pitfalls of misplaced trust in property matters, particularly for vulnerable senior citizens. It also highlights the importance of formal agreements and documentation, even when dealing with seemingly well-intentioned individuals.
As the legal battle unfolds, Sapariya awaits justice, hoping to reclaim his flat and the peace of mind that was shattered by this unfortunate turn of events.
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