Five employees of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) were cheated to the tune of Rs1.22 crore by two brothers who promised them flats in the city at cheap rates.
On Wednesday, the victims approached the Trombay police. "We have registered a case of cheating against the brothers. We are currently getting the paper work ready to build a strong case against them," said Sanjay Khaire, senior police inspector at Trombay police station.
The accused have been identified as Vivek Rohila, 35, who introduced himself as the area manager of a well-known private bank to his victims, and his brother, Vinod Rohila, 30.
The brothers knew one of the victims personally as their father worked for the BARC earlier, said the Trombay police.
“Vivek and his brother approached Nagraj Aadanki, a BARC employee, and offered him a flat in Mumbai at a cheap rate in September 2010,” said Khaire.
They convinced Aadanki that the bank, as per procedure, had attached several houses of customers who had defaulted on home loan payments, said Khaire. The brothers said that they were offering these houses at cheap rates.
By October 2010, the brothers had siphoned off Rs20 lakh from Aadanki, Rs49 lakh from A Pradhan, an employee of NPCIL, Rs10 lakh from G Badrinarayan, Rs 28lakh from Nutan Mithaliyan, scientific officer at BARC and Rs15 lakh from Vinay Verma, whose wife is employed as a scientific officer at BARC.
A Pradhan, 50, told the Hindustan Times, “I did not ask Vivek for proof of employment as I know him personally for the last 25 years. I agreed to pay him purely on the basis of trust.”
Vivek had promised the victims that he would give them the registration papers of the flats by November, but he kept delaying it, said Khaire.
When the victims did not get the papers by February, they became suspicious of Vivek and approached the bank he claimed to be employed with. The bank told them that Vivek was not employed with them.
The victims asked Vivek to return their money or hand over the registration papers of the flats as they had already paid him 33% of the total flat value, as agreed previously. When he refused, they approached the Trombay police.