A 29-year-old commerce graduate, who used to pose as an Indian Administrative Service officer and a close friend of leading banker Chanda Kochher, was arrested for cheating an outer Delhi-based gymnasium owner for a sum of over Rs 45 lakh, police said on Sunday.
BS Jaiswal, deputy commissioner of police (outer), said Amit Kumar Singla, a B.Com graduate hailing from Jind in Haryana, was arrested from his residence in Panchkula on a complaint filed by the said gym owner, Rajesh Kumar, who had claimed that he had been cheated of Rs 45.20 lakh by him.
"He is neither a civil servant nor known to Kochher, who is the Chief Executive Officer of ICICI. Not only did Singla pose as an IAS officer to cheat Kumar, but also posed as a civil servant to get his sister married. He travels with red-beacon atop the ceiling of his car for the proper effect, too," Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Jaiswal said.
Singla's arrest, police said, followed investigations into a complaint filed by Kumar, a local gym owner on June 3 that Singla, who took to a life of impersonation to satisfy his lust for a lavish lifestyle, had cheated him and threatened him with dire consequences.
Police said Kumar and Singla had met in 2007 when the latter joined his gym introducing himself as an IAS officer with the Finance Ministry.
On several occasions, as per Kumar's written complaint, Singla had flaunted his 'connections' claiming that Kochher was a friend whom he used to advice on investment in commodity trading.
"He managed to earn Kumar's confidence through such stories and made him invest in shares. Meanwhile, Kumar introduced Singla to his friend Manoj, who gave Singla Rs ten lakh for investment," DCP Jaiswal said.
Soon, Singla succeeded in cheating both Kumar and Manoj, and accumulated a sum of R45.20 lakh in addition to getting a false case registered against the said complainants at a Panchkula Police Station.