A 50-year-old man was arrested on January 30 for allegedly cheating a businessman of Rs 10.55 lakh after showing him an SUV, which he claimed was owned by the German embassy.
A police team arrested Sanjeev Behl from Galleria Market on the afternoon of January 30 and booked him under sections 420 (fraud) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) at the DLF City Phase 2 police station. Behl was produced in court the next day, the police said.
According to the police, Behl, a resident of DLF City Phase 2, had advertised on the internet that his company Rajnath Motors was an importer of auto parts. Sanjay Grover, the businessman, contacted Behl on seeing the advertisement.
When Grover, a resident of Sector 56, met Behl to purchase auto parts, Behl told him that he had good contacts in the German embassy and got new cars on 30% discount. Grover fell prey to the lucrative offer as he already had plans to buy an SUV, the police said.
According to the police, Behl promised to help Grover purchase a second-hand Toyota Fortuner owned by the German embassy for 15% discount. For this, Grover paid him Rs 10.55 lakh in instalments over three months.
The first instalment of Rs 2.5 lakh was paid on September 30, 2015, while another of Rs 1.25 was paid through cheque on October 14. Grover paid another instalment of Rs 4.8 lakh through cheque on October 14 and on November 5 he paid Rs 2 lakh for the indemnity bond, the police said. All cheques were delivered at Behl’s residence in Block P of DLF City Phase 2 .
Behl also took Grover to Delhi and showed him an SUV that was similar to the one owned by the embassy, the police said.
Grover, who provides hotels and furnished apartments to office-goers, had selected the three-month-old SUV to impress his clients, the police said.
After paying the instalments, when Grover asked Behl for the vehicle, he told him that he needed more time as the deal with the embassy was nearly finalised. The accused also started ignoring Grover’s phone calls.
When questioned, Behl, a college dropout, told the police that he had met Grover last year when the businessman was looking to import a luxury car.
“The accused was neither handing over the SUV nor was he returning the money to Grover. He had started ignoring Grover’s calls. He would ask for more time saying that the deal is almost final with the embassy,” assistant commissioner of police (DLF) Ramesh Pal said.