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Gandhi’s 30-yr-old ‘friend’ held for cheating people

Thirty-year-old Aijaz Khan digitally superimposed his photograph with Mahatma Gandhi in a newspaper article dating back to 1945 and distributed it among people, asking them to invest money in his computer business.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2009 01:24 IST
Susamma Kurian

Thirty-year-old Aijaz Khan digitally superimposed his photograph with Mahatma Gandhi in a newspaper article dating back to 1945 and distributed it among people, asking them to invest money in his computer business.

He managed to cheat people to the tune of around Rs 40 lakh, the police said. Khan even made his brother-in-law, who knew him for 12 years, to invest Rs 3 lakh in his business.

The police have arrested Khan, who used to stay in Mumbra till 2007, on charges of cheating and forgery.

“Khan is a commerce graduate and has excellent computer skills. He digitally superimposed his photograph with Gandhiji in a newspaper article dating back to July 12, 1945, and distributed this article among the victims,” said Senior Inspector Arun Sonde of Mumbra police station.

“The caption read that the photograph was taken at a rally in Azad Maidan and that Gandhiji and Khan, who has been referred to as president of Azad Hind Party, met one General Bob after the rally regarding Bhagat Singh’s arrest,” said Sonde.

“He showed me the article and asked me to invest in his business. I have a tour and travels business in partnership which is running in losses and so we put in some money,” said Khan’s brother-in-law Maqsood Rawal (34).

“I put in Rs 3 lakh, my partners, Fayaz Khalife (36) and Naimuddin Sheikh (38), invested Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively. Khan gave us a copy of his property documents, which turned out to be fake,” said Rawal.

When the trio didn’t receive their money, they lodged a police complaint. Khan, however, fled.

“We sent a team to Ratnagiri last month and arrested him on Monday. Now, four more people have come forward alleging that Khan had cheated them. Till now, we have received information that he has cheated people of Rs 40 lakh,” said Sonde.

The police are on the lookout for Khan’s mother, Sultana (53), who had signed on the forged property documents.