The CBI on Friday said it was looking into the possible involvement of some of its officers in the case, in which, two conmen were arrested for allegedly posing as CBI officers and duping people, including top business and Bollywood personalities.
In August, the Anti Corruption Wing of CBI had arrested two persons - Ashwini Sharma and Rajesh Ranjan – for impersonating as senior CBI officers and demanding money from people. They had duped over hundred people and collected several crore rupees from all of them, including filmmaker , .
“We are looking into whether the arrested accused had received help from any CBI officers. We have kept this also in mind while investigating the case,” Joint Director, Western Region, Rishiraj Singh told reporters.
He added that during the searches conducted at Sharma's residence in Panipat, the agency recovered several bogus documents, resembling FIR copies and court documents and are hence probing if the accused were helped by any officer of the investigating agency to prepare the papers.
Singh further said that they are on a look-out for one Anirudh Agarwal, an absconding associate of the accused, who also hails from Panipat.
"Agarwal is a childhood friend of Sharma and was helping him invest the money collected by duping others. Agarwal used to invest the money in real estate, gold and shares," he said.
The agency has announced an award of Rs 50,000 to those who provide information about Agarwal's whereabouts. According to the agency, the accused have been cheating people since 2006 by posing as CBI officers. They have so far duped over hundred people including Bollywood personalities, businessmen and builders.
The agency has also recovered 26 kg of gold, worth crores of rupess from one of the bank lockers belonging to Sharma in Panipat.