An NRI woman, who was allegedly duped of Rs 27 lakh by a Jaipur man posing as a Union minister, has now accused the state police of being reluctant in pursuing the case. She said an FIR in the matter could be lodged after several efforts over last two months and only after the intervention of the consulate general of India at Frankfurt.
Anamika Singh, who is currently residing in Germany, said she had sent an online complaint to the Jaipur police in October last year, but the police had refused to lodge the FIR. “They wanted me to appear personally for lodging the complaint. An FIR was lodged at Vidhayakpuri police station only after several efforts over two months and now the police have sent me a questionnaire listing 20 queries that are already mentioned in the complaint,” Singh told HT over phone from Germany. She said she had also approached the Rajasthan chief minister’s office in the matter.
According to the complainant, the consulate general of India at Frankfurt had intervened in the case recently following which the ministry of external affairs was directed to act in the matter earlier this month.
When approached investigating officer, inspector Jitendra Singh, said the matter was under investigation.
Singh, who is originally a resident of Delhi, was befriended by the accused on a social networking site in June 2013. She said the man had identified as Dr Ghanshyam Sharma and posed as a Union minister. He convinced her to invest in several projects pertaining to mines and real estate in Rajasthan and other states. Singh said the accused had impressed her by sending his photographs with political bigwigs like BJP president Amit Shah in the same frames.
“I delivered him first installment of Rs 8 lakh in cash at Jaipur in September 2013, followed by Rs 7 lakh in November 2013 and Rs 12 lakh in May 2014,” Singh said, adding that when she demanded the high returns the accused had promised, he allegedly had threatened to kill her family in Delhi.
Chair man of Rajasthan Association of North America’s legal cell, Prem Bhandari, who is helping Singh in the case said, “The Jaipur police are harassing the couple. As per the 2009 amendment in section 161 (3) of the CrPC, the police can record the complainant’s statement through audio-visual means.”
When HT tried to contact the accused on a number mentioned in the complaint, the call was received by a man who identified himself as Sharma’s aide Satish Mishra. “Sahib is being implicated in the case through morphed pictures,” he said, adding that Sharma knew the NRI couple.