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‘Thane call centre investor bought prime properties’

Jagdish Kanani, who ran two fake call centres in Malad, had invested crores in real estate in the past two years, investigations revealed.

mumbai Updated: Oct 23, 2016 01:09 IST
Arvind Walmiki
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Jagdish Kanani, who ran two fake call centres in Malad, had invested crores in real estate in the past two years, investigations revealed.

Kanani, 33, was arrested by the Thane crime branch from his house in Borivli last week. (HT Photo)

Kanani, 33, was arrested by the Thane crime branch from his house in Borivli last week. The arrest came after the police had raided illegal call centres at Mira Road earlier this month. The police had said he also invested in one of the raided call centres.

Kanani on Saturday was taken to various places, including his house and office, during a search operation, but it drew a blank.

“If needed, we will take him to Gujarat too,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate

His family was questioned on Friday. The police suspect that the Kanani family knew about his illegal activity as his wife used to go to his offices and sit their for hours, a source said.

Apart from owning flats in Borivli and Malad, he also invested in properties at prime locations in the other suburban areas, the source said.

“It will be too early to tell the exact amount of the properties. We have formed a team to get more information about his investment,” he said.

Sources also said Kanani ran another illegal call centre in Ahmedabad.

A Thane crime branch team is likely to visit Gujarat to collect more evidence against Kanani.

Following the crackdown in Thane, Kanani wrapped up his business and threw crucial office data into the creek at Ghodbunder, ostensibly to destroy evidence, the police had earlier said.

The crime branch had told a court that the data which Kanani claimed to have thrown into the creek included files pertaining to the company’s finances, computer hard disks, names and information of employees as well as particulars about US citizens