A 27-year-old college dropout, who allegedly used to capitalise on his rich clients’ fetish for imported vehicles to serve his own obsession for branded merchandise, was arrested for cheating a Non Resident Indian (NRI), police said on Saturday.
Vasant Vihar resident Sumit Walia posed as a high-profile businessman, only moved in the company of his bodyguards and ‘used his good looks’ to chase women from wealthy families to gain access to their financial resources for a lavish life, said SBS Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways).
“Walia was arrested following investigations into a complaint lodged by an NRI whom he had duped two years ago,” said DCP Tyagi. According to police, the NRI’s complaint claimed that Walia had sold him two vehicles — a Range Rover and a Porsche, in 2007 against a payment of Rs. 2 crore in addition to receiving several lakhs from him on the pretext of importing more luxurious cars.
Subsequently, the complainant shifted the vehicles to his hotel in Goa and started using them without, however, the valid transfer documents, registration certificates, etc, which Walia simply refused to deliver to him despite several reminders.
“In early September 2010, Walia disappeared with these vehicles from the victim’s hotel in his absence without informing him. When he came to know about it, he demanded an explanation from Walia who simply kept avoiding him on one pretext or another leaving the victim with no alternative but lodging the complaint,” DCP Tyagi said.
After the registration of the case, police said, Walia refused to join investigations and changed his rented address before finally being arrested from Prashant Vihar while trying to ascertain the fate of a close associate, one Varun Datta, who is another high profile cheat recently arrested by the crime branch.
During interrogation, police claimed, Walia revealed that he developed a taste for fancy bikes and cars after leaving for the UK in the year 2002-2003. He worked in London for about two years but ultimately returned to India when he couldn’t find any respectable employment.
“He started a business of car sale and purchase with his father before shifting to south Delhi for better clientage where he found that the ultra rich were crazy about imported luxury cars and willing to pay any amount for the fancy cars,” Tyagi added. A Range Rover, worth Rs. 1.15 crore, has been recovered from Walia.