A school dropout, working for an NGO in the Capital, was arrested for cheating several parents on the pretext of arranging admissions to reputed city schools, police said on Monday.
Manoj Arora, who was apprehended from west Delhi's Kirti Nagar recently following investigations into a complaint filed by one Rajinder, had moved to Delhi from Kolkata in 1967 before joining an NGO as its treasurer, said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).
"The NGO has very senior political leaders as its patrons. So, Arora started dropping the names of these senior politicians to cheat people on the pretext of getting their wards admitted in reputed schools across the city," DCP Sharma said.
According to the complaint, which led the police to him, Arora had recently cheated Rajinder in addition to two couples to the tune of R15.85 lakh after they came in contact with him through a mutual friend.
Arora, police claimed, had promised Rajinder admissions of their children at prestigious schools under the management quota.
"Rajinder and his friends Pawan Sabharwal and Gaurav Seth had paid Arora sums of R6.6 lakh, R5.25 lakh and R4 lakh, respectively for the admissions of their children at a reputed school in RK Puram," DCP Sharma said.
"However, when the admissions didn't come through despite repeated reminders and they demanded their money back, they were threatened."
Arora used luxury cars with red beacon and had the Ashoka emblem on his visiting cards to impress his clients. He used to charge R3-R29 lakh.