The role of Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has come under the scanner as even after 55 days of a fraud it failed to nab Panchkula-based businessman Ashok Mittal and his wife Chetna Mittal.
They were booked for allegedly duping an SAS Nagar-based businessman of Rs 19 crore on the pretext of providing diamond from Belgium at 25% less price as compared to the market rate.
Though investigating officer Sohan Lal claimed a series of raids had been held at his locked residence in Panchkula, complainant Vikas Walia, Anmol Rattan Jewellers owner, said the accused was seen roaming in the city. Putting a question mark on the investigation, he added Mittal’s daughter and son also managed to secure bail, and the police remained a mute spectator. He said the accused has been booked in various fraud cases in Himachal and Haryana — the records are in possession of the UT police — but the police did not pursue the proclaimed offender proceeding against him.
“Since the police have failed to nab him and pursue the case legally, he has been blackmailing me by registering false fraud cases in Chandigarh, Haryana and Moradabad, UP. The Haryana police have already given a clean chit while the UT police have also submitted a cancellation report, and the accused is doing all this to extort money,” he added.
However, IO Sohan Lal said over 15 cases were lodged against both the accused in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, and despite 15 raids at their hideouts, they
had failed to arrest him.
Walia ‘implicated’ in cheating case
Mittal had initially got a cheating case registered against Walia, while the police probe revealed the cases were filed to blackmail and extort money. The case was quashed on August 17. Subsequently, Walia, in a police complaint, stated he was cheated by Mittal and his wife, and a case was lodged against them.
EOW officials’ role under scanner
The expert say the police team, after securing arrest warrants from the court, should have started proclaimed offender proceedings against him. Despite the ongoing probe, his son and daughter managed to get bail in the case, which raises question mark over the police probe.