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Chandigarh woman gets 17 months in jail for foreign job fraud, sentence commuted

There are 15 cases for similar crimes registered against Shilpa Aggarwal in Chandigarh, Mohali and other parts of Punjab, with the first FIR against her filed in October 2006, Mohali police sources say.

punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2018 13:00 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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The sentence was considered “undergone” by the court, however, after it factored in the time Aggarwal spent in custody during the trial. (Representative photo)

Three years after being booked for conning people by promising them jobs abroad, Shilpa Aggarwal, a resident of sector 37, Chandigarh, was sentenced to 17 months in prison by the additional chief judicial magistrate, (ACJM) Mohali.

The sentence was considered “undergone” by the court, however, after it factored in the time Aggarwal spent in custody during the trial.

This is the second conviction for Aggarwal, named as accused in more than a dozen similar cases of fraud registered in Mohali and Chandigarh. She’s serving out a two-year prison sentence for duping two MBA graduates of Rs 10.5 lakh by promising them work visas for Canada in 2008.

The Mohali ACJM, Amit Thind, in his August 9 order, a copy of which has been made available now, said the accused had been convicted for a grave offence, an act regarding the property of another person, which was reason enough to deny her the benefit of probation. “However, since the convict is in custody from the last one year and five months, as such she is sentenced to the period already undergone,” he said.

AggarwaI was booked on September 2015 on the complaint of a man who alleged that she had cheated him by not delivering on a commitment to get him a work permit visa for New Zealand.

Swaranjit Singh said he had met Aggarwal on October 28, 2013, and had been assured that he and his friend Kala would get the visa in two months. A deal for Rs 6 lakh had then been struck with the accused, after which Singh paid Rs 2.30 lakh to Aggarwal after taking a loan. The remaining amount, he had said, would be paid once he started working in New Zealand.

Aggarwal, however, stopped taking Swaranjit Singh’s calls soon after. Desperate, he then sought her out at her rented home in Sector 37 and she handed him cheques for about Rs 1lakh.

However, Swaranjit Singh lodged a case against her when the cheques bounced and the ID card she handed to him was found to be fake.

Aggarwal had during the current trial prayed for probation, saying she had been involved in litigation for more than year and had been in custody for a year and five months.

Named in more than a dozen cases

There are 15 cases for similar crimes registered against Aggarwal in Chandigarh, Mohali and other parts of Punjab, with the first FIR against her filed in October 2006, Mohali police sources say.

Advertising in local newspapers about a travel agency, she would charge exorbitant sums from the gullible parties by promising to get them work, tourist and study visas and disappear.

She was also arrested by the Chandigarh police in 2010 and declared a proclaimed offender before being rearrested in 2017.

Amassing Rs 80 lakh by conning gullible victims Aggarwal would spend the money on maintaining her lifestyle and on renovations at home.

Convicted in May this year too

In May 2018 the Chandigarh district courts had awarded her two years in prison for duping the MBA graduates of Rs 10.5 lakh by promising them work visas for Canada. Rajpura residents Jatinder Singh and Sarabjit Singh and their friend Sukhwinder Singh of Nawashahr lodged a complaint in June 2009. The victims had met Aggarwal on December 28, 2008, and she had asked for payment of Rs 7 lakh each for a job in Canada, police sources said.

A case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had then been registered at the Sector 39 police station in Chandigarh. Proceedings in other cases are still continuing.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 14:15 IST