A Lawrence School Sanawar alumnus-turned conman, Kamaljit Singh Bala, 60, of Sector 45, Chandigarh, was held for allegedly duping a Sector-9 resident of rs 20 lakh on the pretext of investing in a property.
The police said he was also held on November 7 for duping Brigadier (retd) HS Brar of Sector 36 of over `21.69 lakh.
After his arrest on Thursday, some army officials thronged the Sector 3 police station along with the records - including his income tax records - to expose the frauds committed by Bala. They alleged he amazed huge wealth by defrauding innocent army officials on the pretext of sending them abroad, or by alluring them to invest in his businesses.
Capt (retd) KDS Raj, a victim, told the police Bala met him at a wedding event. Boasting he was running several businesses in transport and realty sectors, and that he had links with high-ups since his Sanawar days, Bala after multiple meetings - took rs 1 lakh from him and returned within two days. After some time, he again asked for Rs 7.5 lakh financial help. However, he never returned the money.
Brigadier (retd) HS Brar, a resident of Sector 36, told a friend introduced him to Bala in Kolkata. After enquiring about Brar’s investments, he offered him to invest in his businesses but Brar declined the offer. After some time, Bala again requested him to give him rs 21.6 lakh for his daughter’s wedding. This time also he didn’t return the money, and subsequently a case was registered against him at the Sector 34 police station on November 7. Brar alleged Bala had also duped another army official SK Madan of rs 31.5 lakh, and that he was also struggling to get his money back from him.
Similarly, Vikram Sandhu of Sector 9 alleged Bala asked him to invest Rs 20 lakh in construction of his house in Narur village of Punjab and promised high return, but never showed up his face. Sandhu said Bala used to boast about his businesses in foreign countries, and used to show currency notes in Dollars and Euros.
Meanwhile, Dalbir Singh, station house officer (SHO), Sector 3 police station, said a case under section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the accused. The SHO said several victims approached him with documents pertaining to the frauds committed by the accused. However, he also said the police were still probing the matter.
Targets high profile people The police said as he had good links with army officials, he used to target high-profile people while playing golf, or in royal wedding. After befriending and developing family relationships, and boasting about his high-level links, he used to ask for money.
CHANDIGARH RESIDENT BOOKED FOR FRAUD
The police have booked a city resident for allegedly duping a local of Rs 25 lakh on the pretext of selling him a plot in Kharar. Complainant Amritpal Singh of Nanak Nagri alleged that after he paid the amount to the accused -- Amardeep Singh, alias Amarpreet, of Sector 27 in Chandigarh -- on October 2, 2010, the latter neither changed the ownership in his name nor returned the amount. A case under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC was registered against the accused, who is still at large.