New Delhi: The Delhi police crime branch on Sunday busted a racket which involved fake government websites being used to dupe people of money.
Police have arrested the mastermind of the racket, who was running the network from his base in West Bengal’s Howrah. He has been identified as Sudipta Chatterjee, 43. Chatterjee duped around 50 people from across the country of around `1.5 crore using four fake websites created under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana’ in the past three months, police said.
Ravindra Yadav, Joint CP (crime), said the arrest came following a probe after information was received that a fake government website was offering loans.
“On the basis of the URL www.pmay-gov.in, details of the server were obtained which was found to be located in the US. Further investigation revealed that the fake government websites had been hosted from Howrah. Chatterjee was nabbed following a joint raid with the West Bengal police,” said Yadav.
Police recovered 20 mobile phones, cheques related to 43 bank accounts, fake project reports and 16 government rubber stamps along with other incriminating evidence from Chatterjee’s house.
Additional CP (crime) Ashok Chand said Chatterjee ran a real estate business between 2002 and 2009 during which he used e-commerce and employed tele-callers.
“Since his real estate business did not flourish, he used his e-commerce experience and created fake websites to cheat people on the pretext of providing government loans,” he said.