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Kritika Choudhary murder case: Actor’s estranged husband arrested in cheating case

Mumbai city news: The cops were interrogating him when they realized he was the person who had conned a businessman from Delhi in 2016.

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2017 09:28 IST
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The Amboli cops called in the estranged husband of actress Kritika Chaudhary for questioning after she was found murdered in her home at Lokhandwala on June 12, but have now arrested him in connection with a Rs55-lakh cheating case dating back to 2016.

The cops were on Sunday interrogating Vijay Jagatnarayan Dwivedi, 37, when they realized he was the person who had conned a businessman from Delhi in filmi style, walking away with Rs55 lakh in suitcase while he waited in a car. The murder case as well as the cheating case are registered at the Amboli police station.

The businessman from Delhi, Maheshkumar Narula, 59, had completed a movie in December 2015. Through a friend, Narula met Dwivedi at the latter’s office in Andheri west.

According to police sources, Dwivedi apparently told Narula he knew an RS Yadav based in Lucknow who could help him get a subsidy from the Uttar Pradesh government for his movie as it had been shot entirely in that state. Dwivedi allegedly told Narula he would have to pay Rs55 lakh in cash to Yadav and would then get a subsidy amount of Rs2.88 crore by cheque.

On January 20, 2016, Dwivedi picked Narula up from Juhu and took him to a posh area in Vimannagar, Pune, in a taxi to meet Yadav. Dwivedi then asked Narula to hand over the bag saying he would go into the building and make the payment. When Narula said he wanted to go too, Dwivedi told him that Yadav did not meet strangers directly, police sources said.

Narula was convinced to wait in the taxi. After an hour with no sign of Dwivedi, Narula got suspicious and checked with the security guard of the building. When they scanned the CCTV footage, they saw Dwivedi with the bag of money leaving the building in an autorickshaw.

Dwivedi then switched off his phone and locked up his office. Police said Dwivedi remained untraceable all this while until sub-inspector Daya Nayak realized the man he was interrogating in the Kritika Chaudhary case was the same as the accused in the 2016 cheating case.