Rental sharing dispute & partition - filing police complaint for the case in court
My father and their 4 younger brothers are co-owners of commercial property which has multiple shops let out for rent. My father being the eldest in family is also managing the administration of the commercial property for the last 20 years since it was built. The rentals are collected by my father and after all maintenance my father distributes the rental share (fixed amount) among all co-owners including my dad equally twice in a year through cheque. Rental distributions have been increased every few years whenever there substantial increase in rents effected on tenants. My uncles (4 brothers) also collect rental account statements from auditor submitted by my dad. There are also other joint properties(vacant plots)between my dad and his brothers . Over last few years my uncles are insisting to sell only this commercial property for which my dad is not interested. My father proposed that he can take over the commercial property and in return, he will withdraw his share from other joint properties and also settle the difference amount in valuation for which my uncles did not agree. In December 2020, My uncles filed civil case against my dad for partitioning only this commercial property, along with partition they have also complained that my dad is distributing lesser rental amount to them compared to the rental collection. Since this court case is moving very slowly and also my uncles are in urgent need of money , my uncle’s advocate approached my dad’s advocate last month for out of court settlement for which negotiation was going on. While this going on and court case also going on , now my uncles along with their advocate has also filed police complaint with Assistant commissioner of police stating that rentals are given to them lower than collected amount. ACP called my dad to report in person for enquiry , since my dad is 75, I reported on behalf of my dad and explained to police that there is already a case outstanding for partition and rental difference concern and its a civil case. Police threatened me saying that it’s a criminal case that my dad is cheating and not paying correct rental amount to my uncles. Police is asking my dad to submit all auditor statements (rental and expenses) and said that he will personally go and do enquiry and validate with all tenants and if there is difference , he can arrest my dad. I suspect that the police and my uncles intention is to find fault in accounts and put pressure on us so that my dad will agree to sell the property. Kindly advise me onfollowing
1. Can we tell police that since the rental difference is also covered in the case filed by uncles for partition, we will submit in court if asked and not give any documents to police ?
2. What are powers of police when there is already a court case with the same complaint
3. How do we find recourse from my uncles pressure tactics as they keep approaching through various channels even though there is case initiated by them
Asked 7 days ago in Property Law