A tour operator faces arrest for allegedly cheating about 20 Kandivli-based women of Rs23.95 lakh on the pretext of arranging a tour of Dubai for them. The sessions court held that his conduct indicated criminal intention and thus rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
A complaint registered with Kandivli police station states that the accused, Yogesh Boricha, organises group tours. He had allegedly organised tours of Kerala and Hyderabad for the complainants in the past.
The women said Boricha asked each of them to pay him Rs55,000 to organise a tour of Dubai. The prosecution said Boricha was paid Rs23.95 lakh. He told the women that the tour would take place between January 24 and 28.
On January 19, Boricha called the group to a hotel on the pretext of giving them details about the tour. However, he neither turned up nor answered the group’s calls. The women approached the Kandivli police station, where a complaint was registered.
Anticipating his arrest, Boricha filed a plea before the sessions court in Dindoshi, seeking protection. His lawyer said there were no documents to prove that Boricha was paid Rs23.95 lakh and that the allegations against him were false.
“The applicant has no criminal antecedents. Considering that he has been suffering from a kidney ailment, he should be granted anticipatory bail,” said his lawyer. However, the prosecution said the women paid Boricha through cheques.
“The case diary shows that there were certain documents given by the informant to the investigating officer which indicate that the applicant runs a proprietory concern called Best Tours. The firm’s letterhead shows that some promise was made regarding Dubai. The letter acknowledges the receipt of Rs6 lakh. Thus, the advocate’s contention that the applicant received no more than Rs.2.60 lakh prima facie does not appear to be correct,” said the judge.
“The applicant avoided answering the group’s phone calls. This points to his intention to commit fraud and cheating.”