Mumbai businessman booked over Chhota Shakeel threat to Georgian national

The accused allegedly duped the complainant of Rs 68 lakh after taking a Swiss luxury watch from him

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 11:06 IST
Aritra Hazra
Aritra Hazra
Hindustan Times
The complainant said after asking the accused to pay for the watch he gave him, he had been threatened that the ‘D-Company’ would take care of him and “no one would get to know about it.”(HT FILE)

The Bandra police have booked the chief executive officer of a prominent watch showroom in Fort for allegedly cheating a Georgian national of Rs68 lakh, and then threatening him of “dire consequences” with the help of gangster Chhota Shakeel.

Levan Givi Ramishvili, 49, the complainant, runs a spa and salon in Bandra (West). The accused has been identified as Ali Kochra, who is in his early twenties.

According to Bandra police officials, Kochra duped the complainant of Rs68 lakh after taking a Richard Mille watch (a Swiss luxury brand) from him. “The complainant has not received his money for the watch for the past two years. When Ramishvili asked for the money, Kochra threatened him saying that he would be taken care of by the D company gang, and that no one would get to know about it,” said an officer from Bandra police station, requesting anonymity.

The complainant also told the police that his mother who stays in Georgia received a threatening call on her landline phone. “His mother received a call in which she was told that if the police complaint is not taken back, the family would have to face dire consequences. The caller told the senior citizen to inform her son in India,” added the officer.

According to police, Ramishvili met the accused for the first time in Dubai. They stayed in touch. “Two watches were given to Kochra, one of them worth Rs39 lakh and another worth Rs68 lakh. Kochra paid Rs39 lakh for the first watch, but did not pay for the second. The complainant feels that the underworld still holds clout in the country and is therefore scared for his and his family’s safety,” added the officer. A first information report (FIR) under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Bandra police station.

Bandra police sources added that Kochra had moved for anticipatory bail after receiving a notice from the police, hearing of which is slated for Tuesday.

First Published: May 22, 2018 11:05 IST