About a year back, I decided to lease out the ground floor of a semi-constructed building for business purpose. One person in charge of the building introduced me to one Mr. Aizaz, who pretended to be the owner of the building. However, we later found out that he was a relative(that was what he said) of the owner and produced some link documents which made us believe him and we gave Mr. Aizaz an advance of Rs 2.25 Lakhs towards deposit of of the ground floor. We have the documents on Stamp Papers signed by him and the so called owner.
However, even after 2 months there were so signs of him handing over the building. After several confrontations, Mr. Aizaz informed that he cannot complete the building and that he would return the money. He gave us a check that bounced.(We were so stupid, we did not file any case against him right then). At that point he returned one lakh.
It has been over a year and he still owes Rs 1.25 Lakh to us. We have been so patient all this while with the hope that they will return the money. But now, I have lost all patience and hope.
Can I do something against these individuals? Can I file a cheating case against them? Please help. Whom should I approach for help? Do any special rights for women in such circumstances(in this case me)?
Thanks in advance.