Imposter Pilloo arrested by police
Pilloo arrested for impersonating Silloo Mistry, and sent to police custody for a day
The Kasarvadvali police officials arrested Pilloo Parvez Mehta for impersonating Silloo Mistry and cheating, on Thursday (August 4). The police had arrested former Mira Bhayandar MLA Gillbert Mendonca on July 29, for his alleged role in the land-grabbing case, involving about 107 acres of land worth Rs 875 crore, in Thane.
Pilloo Parvez Mehta
Pilloo’s lawyer Mohammad Mohammed Irfan Momin said, “Pilloo was arrested and was produced in the designated court at Thane. The Kasarvadvali police have been given her custody for a day by the court. On Friday, Pilloo will be produced in court by the police.”
On Februray 26, Kasarvadvali police station in Thane registered an FIR against Pilloo Mehta , her brother Kersi Minoo Guard, former MLA from Mira Bhayandar Gilbert John Mendonca, his associate Ashok Hire and advocate GB Lal, under sections 415 (cheating), 466 (forgery of records of public register), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 426 (mischief), and 471 (forging a genuine document) of the IPC.
The FIR states that Pilloo as Silloo Mistry approached the Kasarvadvali police station with forged documents, on December 5, 2015, and said that her land parcel situated in village Borivade at Thane was allegedly grabbed by New Shree Swami Samarth Borivade Housing Company Private Ltd. After the police refusing to register an FIR, she approached the Bombay High Court to seek an order ‘for registering the FIR’ against her false allegations. It was revealed that Pilloo was lured by her brother Guard who had allegedly promised her money in return. The statements given by Pilloo reveal that her brother forced her, and also told her that if she did not agree to be an imposter, they both would be killed by Hire and Mendonca.
It all started with a criminal petition being filed in HC on December 17, 2015. The case came up before the division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice VL Achliya on January 6. When the hearing began, Jehangir Mistry, who also practices in HC as a senior counsel, pointed out that his mother’s name had been used to file a petition against Thane cops. Lawyers representing the fake Silloo were stunned and told the court that the woman was outside the courtroom. One of the lawyers went out to look for her but returned without her. Despite being summoned to court, the fake Silloo did not turn up. Meanwhile, the real Silloo’s son Jehangir maintained that his mother’s identity had been stolen.
The court was convinced in a couple of hearings that the person who had filed the petition was an imposter. They compared the documents of the fake Silloo with the real ones and found that while the details matched, photographs were of two different persons. The fake Silloo’s lawyers told the court that they were asked to file the petition by her brother Guard. On January 12, when the case came up for hearing, the imposter and her brother Guard finally came to court. The woman told the court with conviction that she was indeed Silloo Mistry, and even gave her residential address and phone number. Her brother Guard too gave his details. The division bench of HC did not pass any strictures and slated the matter for January 14 after instructing the woman and her brother to appear again. On January 14, while Kersi appeared, his sister did not turn up. The HC issued a warning on the same day and asked the person who had filed the petition to be present on January 21, failing which they would initiate action.
On January 21, when the case came up for hearing, the woman who had filed the petition in the name of Silloo Mistry appeared with a new lawyer. Advocate RA Shaikh, appearing on her behalf, told the court that she was not Silloo Mistry but Pilloo Parvez Mehta. “Ms Pilloo Parvez Mehta states that she has been used and forced to file this petition by her real brother by name Kersi Guard,” HC division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice SC Gupte noted. Guard passed the buck on to former Mira Bhayandar MLA Gilbert Mendonca and one Ashok Hire. The brother-sister duo told the court that their lives were in danger and that they were coerced into filing the petition in the name of Silloo Mistry.
Some time in 2014, a few land-grabbers claiming to have bought the land parcel from Silloo, tried getting the land records amended in their name. Initially, they were able to get some of the land records changed. However, one of the government officials suspected something amiss and reported the case to Thane Nagar police station.
In November 2015, Thane Nagar Police registered an FIR of fraud, forgery and cheating against Gilbert Mendonca (former Mira Bhayandar MLA), AR Gaikwad, a record keeper in a government office and Manoj Sawant, a property agent by profession.
Ganesh Kekane, an investigating officer attached to Thane Nagar Police, told TGS that Mendonca along with others allegedly prepared forged documents of the land owned by Silloo and submitted them in the tehsildar’s office to amend the land ownership records. After the FIR was registered, Sawant was arrested. Gaikwad had obtained anticipatory bail and Mendonca was granted interim relief from arrest by Bombay High Court. Police are investigating the case.
Originally published on The Golden Sparrow