After QNet fraud, Michael Ferreira embroiled in Gorai land scam
An 87-year-old Bandra resident filed an FIR against him in November, for allegedly forging documents to sell off a plot that belongs to the complainant
Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan winner Michael Joseph Ferreira has been booked by Gorai police in Malad for allegedly forging land documents. Nicknamed ‘The Bombay Tiger’, the former three-time World Amateur Billiards Champion is also busy dodging a lookout notice issued by Mumbai police’s economic offences wing (EOW) in the QNet scam case.
On November 25, 2013 Cyril Edmond Henriques (87), filed an FIR (copy available with MiD DAY) against Michael Ferreira, Peter Herrence Ferreira, Peter Dominic Ferreira, Josh George, Mark Ferreira, Manish Babu Agrawal and Sanjay Satyanarayan Agrawal under sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 474 (knowing it to be forged and intending to use it as genuine), 447 (criminal trespass) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. Ferreira has also been accused of selling a piece of land for Rs 11 lakh, though it’s then market value was Rs 2.44 crore.
“We have booked Ferreira in a documents forgery matter. He is wanted. Since registering the FIR, our team has visited his residence thrice, but he is not traceable,” said Deepak Bagawe, senior inspector, Gorai police station. Police sources say Ferreira could be in Mauritius.
A retired officer from Larsen & Toubro, Henriques is a resident of Hill Road, Bandra (West). His father Elias Cosmos Henriques had bought a one-acre or 30 guntha plot (survey no 95, corresponding CTS company 110, 111, 112, 116, 117 and 3192) from Ferreira’s father in Gorai, Malad in the year 1935. Elias had purchased the property in the name of his wife, Shera Merry Henriques, for Rs 450 only. He died on May 24, 1940 and Shera on October 1, 1985.
In 1995, Cyril Henriques discovered that someone had started illegal construction on the land. He complained to Brihanmumbai Municipal Council (BMC), and the structures were demolished. Later, Henriques came to know that Ferreira had sold the land, pretending to be its owner. Following his complaint, police started an investigation and found that Ferreira had forged the documents.
Even on February 8, 2000, during preparing the “irrevocable power of attorney” Ferreira had shown that his brother Peter Dominic was present, and had signed on the paper. On that day, Peter was in Canada. On the basis of the alleged phony documents, Ferreira sold the plot to Manish Agrawal and Sanjay Agrawal for Rs 11,00,000, though the land’s market value then has been estimated to be Rs 2,43,60,100.
Rs 11 lakh
Price at which Ferreira sold the property
Rs 2.44 cr
Estimated market value of the plot at the time