North central provincial councilor Rifkhan Badiudeen, brother of industries and commerce minister Risath Badiudeen, is under investigation by the CID over a land fraud, ‘Rivira’ reports.
Submissions made by OIC of commercial crime investigation division Nalini Dissanayake to the Colombo chief magistrate’s court yesterday (11) said Rifkhan had prepared bogus deeds and sold a 40-acre land, situated at Talaimannar and worth more than Rs. 42 million.
Last November, Abdul Cassim Mohamed Salahi of no. 15 A/1/1, Sri Saddharma Mawatha, Colombo 10, complained to the CID over the fraud involving the land called Upputirav or Vettitirav.
The complainant said a group led by Rifkhan was not allowing him to enter the land which he had bought on 25 June 2013.
He cited plans 1747 of 2012/07/22 and lots 01 and 02 of 1747 A of 2013/01/30 prepared by licensed surveyor K.V. Sivakumaran, and said he bought the said land from Annamaha Vaas Soosai Theos, Pesilica Dias, Soosai Dias Lawrence, Soosai Anthony Dias, Soosai Dias Sagayam Dias and Soosai Dias Julias Dias.
The complaint said those who had sold him the land had the right to the land by deeds prepared by Mannar notary registrar Thomasupillai Swamipillai of 107 of 02 February 1884 and 3202 of 04 February 1894.
Several months after Salahi had bought the land and demarcated its boundaries, Rifkhan and his group had prepared fake deeds and sold the said land to Estaf Capital City Diggala (Pvt). Ltd.