A man has been arrested in Mumbai for allegedly sending SMS messages that said he could arrange a meeting with President Pratibha Patil on payment of Rs 22,000, police said on Friday.
"The inquiry report in the matter was submitted on Friday, on the basis of which Sanjay Bhide was arrested for sending these SMSs," Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mohite told PTI.
Bhide has been charged with cheating. Police had been probing the SMS scam since Tuesday.
Bhide, who claimed to be the convenor of the "Trans-Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry", was caught on tape in a sting operation by a TV news channel while asking for money from a prospective client.
He allegedly sent SMS messages in which he promised people he could organise a meeting with Patil in New Delhi on August 19 and 20 if they submitted a copy of their resume and paid him Rs 22,000.
According to the SMS, Rs 20,000 had to be paid by cheque to become a member of his organisation and Rs 2,000 was to be paid as charges for arranging the meeting with the President.
Bhide had claimed that this Rs 2,000 was for buying a gift for Patil and for expenses for the trip, and said the amount would be returned if the applicant's resume was rejected by the President's office.
The President's office issued a statement saying no authorisation had been permitted to organise such meetings.