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Couple arrested for duping people

Reputable families, B-school degrees from abroad and money to spend, they had it all. But the want of a few more perfumes, designer clothes and expensive watches turned this couple into criminals.

delhi Updated: Feb 27, 2011 01:34 IST
HT Correspondent

Reputable families, B-school degrees from abroad and money to spend, they had it all. But the want of a few more perfumes, designer clothes and expensive watches turned this couple into criminals.

They used ‘cloned credit cards’ to buy things at malls in the Capital. These cards they allegedly got from a few Nigerians in the Capital.

The police have arrested an MBA couple who used to allegedly cheat shopkeepers by using fake and cloned credit cards.

The crime

Mukul Garg (24) and his fiancée Alisha Sharma (23) were apprehended from a mall in Saket. The arrest came following investigations into a complaint filed by Javed Chauhan, an assistant manager with Standard Chartered Bank, who claimed that a fraudulent transaction was being made using his credit card.

“On his request the bank blocked the card. On further enquiry, it was found that the card is being used at one of the designer stores in a mall situated in Saket area. The customer promptly visited the store where the impostors found caught by the security staff. On enquiry, it was found that the couple had been visiting the store for the last few days,” said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south).

Some cloned cards with receipts of purchase, designer clothes and mobile phones were recovered from the couple. A case of cheating, impersonation and forgery was registered against them.

The police said Alisha came to Delhi last year and met Nigerian national Kelley in one of the malls in Saket. The Nigerian group allegedly got them various cloned cards and fake IDs.

Reputed families

The couple hails from Ludhiana and had studied together in one of the prestigious colleges. Both are commerce graduates and are pursuing their further studies.

Mukul did his MBA from University of Bradfordshire in London. Simultaneously, he completed his masters degree in International Business Management from University of Middlesex. Alisha is presently pursuing her MBA degree from one of the renowned institutes of south Delhi.Both of them belong to upper middle class families. Mukul’s father is a famous iron tool trader in Ludhiana while Alisha’s is a senior officer in Northern Railways. Her father also represented India in Commonwealth Games held in Malta, Samoa, and Auckland where he bagged gold medals in weightlifting.


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DU holds its 88th convocation

HT Correspondent
n letters@hindustantimes.com
New Delhi:


It was a show dominated by Hindu College. At the Delhi University’s 88th convocation on Saturday, students from Hindu College shone as they received 15 of the 188 medals and prizes given out to meritorious students for the year 2010.

Divya Chauhan, a BCom student at the college, got five medals, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Gold Medals.

The vice-chancellor also awarded 381 Ph.D degrees, 13 Doctor of Medicine degrees and 12 Master of Surgery degrees at the convocation. A total of 186 meritorious students were given medals and prizes for the year 2010. Of the 186 awards, over 120 of the gold medals were won by women candidates.

The convocation address was given by Kapil Sibal, minister for human resource development. Stressing on the importance of ethics and values and warning against pitfalls he said, “The commercialisation of education has created a plethora of problems and raised ethical and moral questions. The youth fails to understand the real essence of education.”

He also said that the youth should strive to change the perception of India being a nation of holidays to one of people who enjoy work.

Asking students to be the agents of change, Sibal said they need to understand the real value of education over and above its commercial value.