The 22-year-old paramour of south Indian actress Leena Maria Paul —both of whom were wanted in a multi-crore cheating scam in Chennai — had sunk to the level of even cheating the watchman of a farmhouse on the pretext of being offered a film role.
Shekhar Reddy, the man in question, was nabbed by a team of Delhi Police from Kolkata on Friday.
“The couple had rented a farmhouse in south Delhi’s Asola. It was here that Shekhar had tricked one Begraj, a watchman, into paying him Rs 3 lakh on the promise of offering him work in movies,” said an officer.
According to sources, Begraj had been approached by Shekhar in May this year. He was told that his ‘handsome’ looks could fetch him a role in movies, if he was willing and able to cough up around Rs 5 lakh as fee.Begraj had then approached his friends and family for help, before handing over Rs 3 lakh to Shekhar. During a raid in May, Leena Maria Paul was arrested by a joint team of Delhi and Chennai police while Shekhar managed to flee.