A Mumbai businessman’s desire to get ‘red- beacon status’ in Lucknow incurred him a loss of Rs. 10 lakh.
A fraudster in Qaiserbagh duped him of the money by flaunting his political connections with the Samajwadi Party government and assuring him status of a state minister by providing the chairmanship of a cooperative society.
Businessman Kalpesh Tiwari of Pratapgarh, who has a multi-crore-construction empire in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, had a penchant for political status in his home state. Exploiting Tiwari’s aspirations, the fraudster assured him of red beacon status.
The accused, Syed Pervez, a medicine seller, was arrested on Sunday after Tiwari lodged a complaint with Lucknow’s senior superintendent of police, RK Chaturvedi in this connection. The FIR of fraud was registered with the Qaiserbagh police.
Qaiserbagh station house officer (SHO) Vijay Prakash said Tiwari came in touch with Pervez through one of their common friends, Om Prakash Mishra of Basti, in May this year.
He said Pervez gradually gained Tiwari’s confidence by posing as a Samajwadi Party worker and flaunting his relations with several senior politicians and ministers.
The SHO said the accused even made Tiwari spend money in the name of obliging politicians. He said their relations got strained when Pervez failed to fulfil his promise.
The Mumbai businessman then approached the police, he added.
He said the accused was arrested from his flat in Ashoka Apartments near Shubham cinema in Qaiserbagh. Further efforts were on to arrest his aide, OM Prakash Mishra, who is at large after the entire fraud came to fore.