A French national was allegedly duped by a jeweller of Rs 45.91 lakh (65,000 Euros) by promising to send him ornaments that never received.
The legal advisors to French Embassy in India lodged an FIR with DLF Phase – II police station on Friday, alleging that the jeweller and three other persons duped a French national, Benoit Noras, of 65,000 euros when he visited India in 2014.
The complaint mentioned that Noras visited Dharamshala during his one-month stay in India in 2014 and met a person named Rishi Raj. Soon, they grew friendly and went for walks and dinner. Three days after they met, Rishi introduced him to his boss Ganga and a few other people working at a nearby retreat named Hotel Gitanjali.
Ganga charmed Noras and impressed him with his in-depth knowledge of France and Sweden. At one of their meetings, Ganga proposed to help Noras buy jewellery in India, using his passport and have it sent to France in his name. He said he wanted to help him as was legally entitled, as a tourist, to take some jewellery back to his country.
Noras was then taken to MGF Metropolitan Mall in Gurgaon, where he selected a set of jewellery, which was to be sent to him in a package. Noras was also made to sign some papers, which they said was mandatory for him to produce before customs officials to prove that the purchase was legal.
“Being unaware of Indian laws, Noras trusted the words of Ganga and Rishi Raj and signed the papers. At the same time our client (Noras) was also threatened that if he does not show any identity proof, customs officials might have suspicions about him and may even blacklist his passport. Our client was in a foreign country all by himself and started doing whatever Ganga and his fellow persons asked him to do,” the complaint read.
Using the same ploy, these persons are said to have duped many foreign nationals earlier, the complainant said, adding that a similar complaint against the accused were registered in Greater Kailash – I police station in 2013 by Melanace Panaget and another was registered at Chankayapuri police station in the same year by Evan Boutin. Both were French nationals.
Noras then flew back to France via Nepal to evade any problem and later discovered that he had been duped of 65,000 Euros.
Based on the complaint, the DLF Phase – II police registered a case under relevant sections of IPC and is on the lookout for the culprits.