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Conman poses as MHA official, cheats trader of Rs 85 lakh

delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2016 11:45 IST

NEW DELHI: A 31-year-old man was arrested by Delhi Police on Friday for posing as a senior IAS officer and cheating a Delhi businessman of Rs 85 lakh.

The accused, identified as Bhubaneswar resident Mukesh Shaw, made the trader pay up after promising to award him projects floated by corporate houses working with the Central government.

The police said Shaw even posed as an IPS officer working with the CBI.

Police seized a sedan with a red beacon and fake stickers of the Union ministry of home affairs that Shaw used. They recovered fake letter heads of some of top corporate houses from Shaw’s Bhubaneswar residence.

The police started their probe after receiving a complaint from an iron scrap dealer, who alleged he had been duped by a man who called himself Joy Shah and claimed to be posed as an assistant director in the MHA.

On May 13, the trader Bharat Gupta met Shaw, who told him that he could help him in getting some old factories that had been closed and were under privatepublic partnership.

Explaining the man’s modus operandi, joint commissioner of police (crime) RS Yadav said: “A week later, Shaw called Gupta to Bhubaneswar drove him around in a car with a red beacon and talked about various projects. Shaw later kept meeting Gupta at various five-star hotels of Delhi, Mumbai and in Bhubaneswar.”

Police said Shaw switched off his phone and fled after taking a token sum of Rs 85 lakh from Gupta. A case was registered and police found the Aadhaar card and identity cards Shaw had submitted during his stay at a five star hotel in Delhi had two different names.

Shaw was arrested from a rented house in Ayodhya Nagar in Bhopal. During interrogation, he said his real name was Mukesh Shaw and he had duped more than 50 people in Bhopal and Bhubaneswar.

First Published: Jun 12, 2016 11:45 IST