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MBA involved in 20 cyber crime cases lands in net

Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, July 05, 2013
First Published: 02:31 IST(5/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:32 IST(5/7/2013)

The city police arrested a 36-year-old man on charges of being involved in more than 20 cases of cyber crime committed in various cities of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab.

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After being nabbed by the cyber crime cell of Gurgaon police from Delhi, Amit Sabharwal, a resident of Rohini, was remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody on Thursday.

An MBA graduate, Sabharwal was prosecuted on the basis of a complaint of one Sugato Dev Gupta, a resident of Malibu Towne.

He had withdrawn R1 lakh from the bank account of Gupta through net banking and had also applied for a loan of R3 lakh using the same account.

“He had hired an office boy, Vijay Chugh, and used his documents to open new accounts in Delhi and Najafgarh. He had hacked into the email accounts of Gupta and withdrawn R1 lakh from his account,” said inspector Suresh Kumar, the in-charge of cyber crime cell.

After the Malibu Towne heist, Sabharwal had withdrawn R3 lakh from a savings account of one Raghav Bhalla, a native of Pathankot in Punjab.

A cyber crime cell team visited the bank and the mobile service provider of the victim and nabbed the accused from Delhi.

Sabharwal, a history-sheeter who had been arrested twice before, was to fly to Bangalore on June 30 for withdrawing R85 lakh from the account of a deceased person. But he landed in police net before executing the plan.

“The cyber crime cell has done a great job. Their work will be appreciated and a cash reward will also be given. The private banks would be given instructions not to share account-holder data with any data-providing agency,” said Alok Mittal, commissioner of police, Gurgaon.

According to the police, Sabharwal, an MBA in finance from JIMS (Jagan Institute of Management Studies), was involved in five cyber fraud cases and had withdrawn more than R15 lakh from different accounts.

Sabharwal was employed with a private company at Sonipat in Haryana, but when the company moved to Kolkata in 2007, he resigned and chose to tread the path of cyber crime.

The accused was arrested earlier by the UP police after he had withdrawn more than R10 lakh from three accounts; he was in jail for nine months and was released in April last.


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