Holiday club director held for cheating 2,000 people of Rs 20 crore
Raman Kapoor, a hotel management graduate, founded Sunstar The Club — Goodluck Hotels Pvt Ltd, offered memberships with holiday packages every year, but scooted without delivering the services.delhi Updated: Jun 24, 2017 18:10 IST
Delhi Police crime branch have arrested the director of ‘Sunstar The Club — Goodluck Hotels Pvt Ltd,’ a club which offered to provide luxurious holiday tour packages in five star hotels, for allegedly cheating over 2,000 persons across the country to the tune of Rs 20 crore.
Raman Kapoor, 40, was arrested on the intervening night of June 19 and 20 from outside Kalinga Hotel, south Tukaganj in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, according to joint commissioner of police (crime branch) Praveer Ranjan.
Kapoor, along with his wife and associates, was wanted in around 10 cheating cases in filed in states like Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during the past few months. The police are now looking for around a dozen of his associates, who are at large.
According to the joint commissioner, Kapoor, a hotel management graduate from IHM, Ahmedabad, opened the firm in 2016. He used to send his employees to busy marketplaces and petrol pumps with coupons of their company.
“They would ask people to fill up lucky draw forms, promising that if they their names are drawn, they would be invited for free dinner with their family in a five star hotel in the city,” said Ranjan.
Later, the company’s employees would invite the victims to a hotel for dinner with their families. They would then lure the families by explaining features and facilities provided by the club. Once the client is convinced, the company charged them between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh for different types of memberships in the company, by showing hotels of different grades, said the officer, adding, “After the payment, however, the customers would not be able to avail the perks of the memberships.”
Kapoor’s arrest came after police started investigation into a cheating case filed by one Manoj Kumar, resident of Patel Garden in Uttam Nagar. Kumar alleged that he had been cheated to the tune of Rs 1,12,500 by employees of the company.
“The company representatives cheated the complainant on the pretext of providing a membership, which promised a holiday package of 12 nights in a five star hotel and air tickets per year for 20 years. They claimed that Sunstar has tie-ups with various five star properties located at prime tourist locations in India and abroad like JW Marriott, Le Meridien, ITC Welcome, Leela Ambience Hotel and others,” said Ranjan.
Manoj was also told that he can discontinue membership in the tenth or twentieth year, and the entire membership amount will be reimbursed. The company also offered a refund of Rs 2,000 for each holiday in case one did not avail the offers. However, when Kumar tried to avail the holiday offers, he did not get any response from the company, said the officer.
After several people from Delhi, Gujarat, Mumbai, UP and Madhya Pradesh were duped using the same modus operandi, a crime branch team conducted several raids these states in search of the accused persons.
On interrogation, Kapoor revealed that after completion of course, he worked with Club Mahindra Holidays for nine years, but quit the firm following a dispute. In 2016, he launched his business of holiday tour packages, in which around 2,000 members have joined till date.
He employed people who had earlier worked with various holiday companies and were well-experienced in the field, said police.