There are over five lakh investors approximately in the state who invested money to get land plot or double their money in five years.
Recently Sebi has asked PACL to refund Rs 49,100 crore to investors within three months. Sebi has also ordered the immediate closure of unauthorized collective investment schemes (CIS) run by the company.
Bhupendra Singh, president of Fund Rising Association, invested around Rs five lakh in 2010 had complained to the EOW. In his complaint, he stated that he was Promised Land plot but was not given any land despite company's promise of allotting the land plot within 270 days of agreement. Rajvardhan Sinha, additional commissioner of police, EOW, said, "We are conducting a preliminary enquiry (PE) into it." As a procedure, the EOW conducts a PE before registering an FIR against the suspects, if it found some substance in the allegations.
"I also submitted a 254-page report EOW citing the names of defaulters and money invested by me my relatives. The company has various investment plans starting from Rs three thousand a month. Their agents come to collect money (in cash) and state that if the plot is not allotted to an investor or he did not want the land, his money will be doubled in five years, and, refunded," said Singh. He added that the company would collect money in Mumbai and would show an investor land in other state like Uttar Pradesh, Madya Pradesh etc. "How will we go and verify the land plot. But the agents are local and they convince people in investing money before compiling an agreement," he said. A group of investors last year had taken a morcha at Sebis' Bandra office.
P S Kanda, regional manager, PACL, told TOI,"Our schemes are on all India level basis. We have been refunding money to the investors those who don't want land plot. There are many people who got their money doubled and later invested in our company again. We will not do losses to anyone. The Sebi has given us directives and we are following it."
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