Deepak Matwani, the 20-year-old son of a non-resident Indian businessman from Egypt, wanted to spend some time India by pursuing his management studies.
Matwani was cheated while seeking admission in a reputed college in Mumbai. He returned to Egypt on Wednesday after this bitter experience.
According to the police Matwani, who had studied in Boston in the US came to India a month ago. He first went to Pune to try for admission to the Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) course at Symbiosis college.
When he did not get a seat in Symbiosis, he and his mother came in contact with middlemen who introduced them to Zahir Pirani, a Pune resident. Pirani claimed that he knew top management officials of a reputed college in Mumbai’s western suburbs and could help Matwani.
Matwani told the police that Pirani and one of his associates took him and his mother to a cabin inside the college a couple of weeks ago. There they met someone named Deepak Shah, who claimed to be the course co-coordinator.
Shah asked for an eligibility certificate from the University of Mumbai. Pirani helped Matwani get the certificate and took Rs 5.34 lakh from him.
“Pirani and Shah told the victim that his name would be on the college list,” said Akhil Chitre, a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena worker who helped the Matwani file the complaint. “The victim realised that he had been fooled when he did not find his name in any of the three lists,” said Vijay Meru, senior inspector, Bandra Kurla Complex police station.
The police interrogated Pirani who initially feigned innocence. He later confessed to the crime and said he had cheated another student last year.