‘Hundreds cheated by fake CBI officers’
The two conmen, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last month for posing as officers from the agency, had been operating since 2006 and hundreds of people have been cheated by them, say CBI officials.mumbai Updated: Sep 10, 2011 00:48 IST
The two conmen, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last month for posing as officers from the agency, had been operating since 2006 and hundreds of people have been cheated by them, say CBI officials.
Rishi Raj Singh, joint director (Mumbai-1 zone), CBI, told the media that Ashwini Kumar Sharma, one of the accused, owned various bank lockers. “We found jewellery worth Rs13 crore and recovered Rs3 crore in cash. He has properties in Mumbai, Panipat and Dalhousie,” said Singh.
The CBI also registered a new case against Sharma who claimed to an Agripada-based businessman that he would settle his property dispute regarding illegal possession of his flat. Sharma took 10% of the flat’s value — Rs25 lakh — in return. However, the dispute was settled amicably without his intervention but Sharma refused to return the “bribe” amount and threatened to implicate the complainant in false cases. Sharma has been remanded to police custody till September 17. Singh said the CBI is on the lookout for one Anirudh Agarwal, who invested Sharma's money. “The investments are in shares, realty and hydel projects. We will request the court to auction the properties and distribute the proceeds among the victims,” he said. “People can come to us without any fear. They will only be made witnesses, not questioned.”
“We are probing if a CBI insider colluded with the duo. They seem to have got expert help,” Singh said.
Singh said the duo even visited the Tanna House, Colaba office of the CBI, with the victims to make them believe they were genuine officers.
Among those cheated by the two include film personalities, businessmen, officials from Customs, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and customs house agents (CHAs).