The Ghaziabad police have received 518 complaints against Anubhav Mittal’s firm Ablaze Info Solutions, which is accused of running a Ponzi scheme and duping 6.5 lakh people of Rs 3,726 crore.
The complainants are mostly Ghaziabad residents and they have alleged that the company has not paid them money they earned through ‘liking’ the links sent to them by Ablaze officials.
The officials said most of the complaints were received from the zonal police office and are being scanned for further action.
“We will lodge an FIR based on the contents of the complaints. We also know that the special investigating team (SIT) is investigating the alleged scam. The complaints will be forwarded to them after legal steps are completed from our side,” said Manish Mishra, circle officer (city), Ghaziabad.
On February 2, the Uttar Pradesh special task force (UP-STF) had arrested Anubhav Mittal, along with company’s CEO Sridhar Prasad and technical head Mahesh Kumar. Later, the STF also arrested Atul Mishra, a relationship manager with Yes Bank, for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy with Mittal and providing him prior information about the bank’s suspicious transaction reports, raids and investigations.
“We are also probing the role of Mittal’s wife and his father and are trying to collect evidence. They have not appeared before us so far. Since the scope of investigation has expanded on account of more than 13,000 complaints and also due to more than a dozen FIRs in the case, we will also be filing the supplementary charge-sheets in the case,” said Rajiv Narayan Mishra, additional superintendent of police, UP-STF.
The investigation in the case is expected to be long drawn one as investigators are getting recorded statements of different persons and also collecting and scanning thousands of pages of bank statements involved in the transactions.
“Scanning of records is time consuming. We are receiving nearly 20kg bundles of bank statements which have to be corroborated. However, at present, we have credible evidences to file chargesheet against the prime accused within the stipulated time frame,” Mishra said.
A probe by ED officials is also on in the case after they registered a case of money laundering on the basis of the FIR registered by the UP-STF.
“We have got most of the required details from the accused persons during their previous remand. We may not seek to extend their remand,” Mishra said.