The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recovered 25 kg gold and properties worth several crore from a Panipat based conman, who along with another accused, allegedly extorted huge money from the film director Rakesh Roshan and several others.
A resident of Old Housing Board Colony, Panipat Ashwani Kumar and Rajesh Ranjan from Bihar impersonated CBI officials and allegedly duped the film personality of Rs 50 lakh.
Rakesh Roshan lodged a complaint with the CBI after the Kumar demanded more and threatened to raid his premises and arrest his son Hritik Roshan and other family members.
The CBI joint director (anti corruption branch) Rishiraj Singh told reporters on Tuesday evening that the agency has announced a prize of Rs 50,000 for giving any clue about third absconding accused, Anirudh Agarwal.
A charted accountant by profession Agarwal is allegedly instrumental in investing the ill-gotten money of Sharma.
A case was registered on August 20 in CBI’s Mumbai branch and Kumar was recently arrested from Panipat. An imported luxury car was recovered from his possession.
The CBI officer said that gold ornaments, jewellery, bars weighing about 25 kgs were traced at one of the lockers at IDBI Bank in Panipat branch.
Documents of 25 priced properties located in Panipat, New Delhi and Dalhousie, purchased in the name of Sharma, his family members and certain associates have been found by the investigating team. Sharma has also invested heavily in a Himachal Pradesh-based hydel project.
He said that more recoveries are expected. Following interrogation of Ranjan, the CBI has found at least 10 properties from various places.
On the modus operandi of the accused, CBI said that Kumar used to visit Mumbai frequently and roam around in expensive vehicles while Ranjan used to do the leg work and provide information to Kumar.
The duo had also duped many businessmen, corporate houses, builders in Mumbai and had made crores of rupees, by posing as CBI official, for settling various deals on their behalf.
The CBI joint director said that the accused had targets in Maharashtra, Gujrat and New Delhi and appealed to the general public to inform the agency about any financial or any other activity of the three accused.