More than a year after a case was registered in the Rs 70 crore Shalimar Mall fraud case, the Panchkula police on Monday night arrested the mall owner RK Aggarwal and his wife Kamlesh Rani. The police on Tuesday produced the two in the district courts which sent them to five-day police custody. A FIR was registered against 11 people, including the Aggarwals, in this connection on May 2, 2015. Most of the accused are relatives.
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has been investigating the case since. As many as 112 complainants have alleged that they were promised shops in Shalimar Mall, Sector 5, Panchkula, and they ended up investing`70 crore. But neither they were handed over shops nor their money was returned, the complainants said.
The other accused are Innet Aggarwal, Vikram Goswami, VK Jain, Ved Pal, Bhawna Mittal, and Monika Kumari who worked in different positions in the Shalimar Estates Private Ltd. The mall, which has been closed down last year, is yet to pay Rs 6.68 crore property tax to the Panchkula MC. The mall was opened in 2009. No shops were offered to anyone in the mall except the food court and cinema halls.
Aggarwal was earlier arrested in Rs 10 crore cheating case in 2014 in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh consumer disputes redressal forum had convicted him and attached his properties.
On October 13, the police had arrested Praveen Kumar who was manager-cum-sales agent, Akshay Garg, sales agent and Kavita Singh, manager administration in the case.
The couple will be produced in the court on November 6.