The local police have arrested a man for posing as the deputy commissioner of the Income-Tax department from Bengaluru on Saturday.
The accused, Subramanyam, has been charged of harassing and blackmailing the builder of a housing project after posing as the deputy commissioner of the I-T department in connivance with one Krishan Grover of Rajpura.
Trishla Buildtech managing director Harish Gupta said that a flat was purchased by one Rajni Batta, wife of Sudhir Batta, from him, who further sold it to Krishan Grover.
Grover is a charted accountant by profession, who after purchasing the flat in Trishla City project, near Nabha Sahib in Zirakpur on the Patiala highway, failed to submit the transfer fee amounting to Rs 1.5 lakh.
He instead tried to pressurise the manager, Himmat Singh, to transfer the flat without charging any fee. The manager alleged that he received repeated threats from Subramanyam, posing as deputy commissioner of the Income-Tax department from Mumbai over phone calls, emails and SMSs.
They then carried out inquiries and were shocked to know that there was no such officer in Mumbai.
When they asked Subramanyam to call from a landline, they came to know that the call came from Bengaluru. Trishla Group inquired again, but found no officer by this name. It then sought help from SAS Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police, who instead asked the SHO in Zirakpur to inquire into the incident and do the needful.
After conducting the inquiry, he sent a police team to Bengaluru to find out the truth, where the Income-Tax department revealed that no such officer was working with them.
A team was again sent to arrest Subramanyam from Bengaluru.
SHO Trilochan said that the accused has confessed to his crime and said that he did the same because of Krishan Grover, as he was an employee under one of Grover's close friend.
On the complaint of project manager Himmat Singh the Zirakpur police have registered an FIR against Krishan Grover of Rajpura and Subramanyam under Sections 419, 420 and 170 of the IPC.