The NEWS (Monrovia)

10 January 2013

Liberia: Fraudulent Lease Agreement Exposed

What appears to be a fraudulent lease agreement between Bindu Fatumata Dukuly (lessor) and Upjit Singh Sachdeva (lessee) also known as Jeety has been exposed in a court of law.

The lessor told the court Monday that she has had no lease agreement with Jeety, but rather, it was Paul Raspal who reached an agreement with her on March 1, 2012.

She described such agreement with Jeety as bogus and fraudulent. Testifying at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Madam Dukuly said she entered into a lease agreement with co-defendant Paul Raspal for her property in Monrovia on March 1, 2012, and not Upjit Signh Sachdeva. Madam Dukuly said she was told by Paul Raspal during the signing of the agreement that he was acquiring the property for his son and granddaughter because he did not want to have all of the properties in Liberia in his name.

She said her decision to lease the property was due to ill health in which she was required to raise funds in order to undergo surgery abroad.

Madam Dukuly said funds from the first five years of the 20 years agreement (March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2017) which is in the amount of US$12,500.00 per annual should have covered her travel and medical expenses, hotel bills, among others.

However, she told the court that she received only US$60,000.00.

The witness said following the signing of the agreement on March 1, 2012, she immediately took off for India on March 5, 2012 to undergo the surgery.

She noted that following the signing of the lease agreement, she did not receive copy of the agreement despite repeated requests for the document.

Madam Dukuly said she was shocked to have seen the name of Jeety in another bogus agreement as lessee and also bearing her name as lessor. The witness said she refused on numerous occasions to give her property to Jeety for lease.

"I want this agreement cancelled because Paul Raspal deceived me; I did not enter into agreement with Jeety," Madam Dukuly said.

Meanwhile, the trial was suspended Monday for Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

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