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UP Cops tried to help accused in Magnum fraud

Rohit K Singh , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, November 25, 2013
First Published: 09:45 IST(25/11/2013) | Last Updated: 09:49 IST(25/11/2013)

Cops’ nexus with lawbreakers again came to the fore when a CD exposed frequent telephonic conversation of a police constable and incharge of Gudamba police station with the prime accused in the multicrore Magnum Group fraud.

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The conversation clearly suggested that the constable tried to help prime accused Arun Chaturvedi.

The police station incharge’s conversation was not very clear.

SSP J Ravinder Goud, who has the CD in possession, suspended the constable immediately after finding his involvement in guarding the prime accused.

However, he has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the role of the police station incharge and other cops whose names have come up in the conversation.

He said the tainted constable was identified as Randheer Singh, posted at Gudamba police station. The conversation confirmed that the constable called up Arun Chaturvedi before the police raid at his office in Janki Plaza in Gudamba and told him to immediately leave the office, the SSP said.

Goud said, “As per the conversation, the constable told Chaturvedi that the SSP wanted to arrest him (Chaturvedi).He told the accused to meet him at some other place where he would disclose further plan to evade arrest”.

The SSP said the CD also contained conversation of subinspector RP Yadav, who is in charge of Gudamba police station but his conversation did not clearly confirm his involvement in helping the accused.

He said the incharge’s role was, however, under suspicion following which circle officer (CO) Gomti Nagar VS Mishra had been asked to probe the matter and submit his report.

Sources said Arun Chaturvedi’s wife handed over the CD to the city police, accusing the Gudamba police station incharge and the constable of demanding bribe to not initiate police action against him. She said the duo framed Arun and others in the fake case of fraud when Arun failed to fulfil their demands.

Arun’s lawyer has also presented the same CD in court, accusing the cops of falsely framing his client in the matter.

In the multi-crore fraud, the three directors of Magnum Group-Arun Chaturvedi, Varun Chaturvedi and their sister Neelam Chaturvedi, as well as their father Ramapati Chaubey have already been arrested and are at present lodged in the Lucknow district jail.


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