Crime Branch bust fake liquor scam, 6 held

Any opportunity to buy premium brand liquor at cheaper price from unreliable sources may not be a good idea.

delhi Updated: May 30, 2011 23:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Any opportunity to buy premium brand liquor at cheaper price from unreliable sources may not be a good idea.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested six persons who were involved in making cheap liquor and selling it as premium brand blended scotch whisky, single-malt whisky and vodka, and also sealed two manufacturing units. Another manufacturing unit where the gang used to make fake bottle caps was also sealed.

The gang used to procure empty bottles of premium brands from scrap dealers and manufacture fake caps. In order to give the liquor the aroma of single-malt, they used to put essence in it.

Sukhwinder Singh, a member of the gang, also procured duty-free bags from Thailand and used to sell these fake liquors in these duty-free bags so that clients would assume that it is a genuine whisky or vodka.

Police have recovered 540 stickers of Chivas Regal and 100 fake stickers of Glenfiddich apart from 280 finished caps of Grey Goose Vodka, 400 of Johnnie Walker, 200 of Teacher's, 70 of Glenfiddich (Red), 145 of Glenfiddich (Green) and 390 of Chivas Regal.

"The gang used to procure empty bottles of scotch whisky from the scrap dealer at R150. The cost of making a cap was Rs 10 and the manufacturers used to sell it at R200 to the gang. For manufacturing of fake scotch whisky, they used 20% of Signature scotch whisky and 80% of Diplomat/Director Special/Bagpiper whisky," said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).

The arrested persons have been identified as Roop Kishan, Vishram Ladha Patel and Upender Bongara.

Regional Head of Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR), Diageo Brands BV and Johnny Walker joined the raid at the spot and certified that the bottle caps seized were fake. Following the interrogation of Roop Kishan, Ram Dev was arrested, who used to make fake bottle caps. Roop Kishan further told police about a fake scotch manufacturing unit in Mehrauli.

"The factory was sealed and Pawan Kumar was arrested. On May 23, another raid was conducted in Paschim Puri and Sukhwinder Singh was arrested," Chand added.

On April 21, Crime Branch had arrested two persons, including an 83-year-old man and busted a racket of manufacturing fake bottle caps that were to be used for capping bottles of fake scotch whisky. Police have also seized five different machines used for manufacturing fake caps.

First Published: May 30, 2011 23:43 IST