Four persons, including a Sub-Inspector, have been arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly duping a Bihar-based cloth trader of Rs 18 lakh cash in the Tilak Nagar area, police said on Sunday.
The four persons including the sub-inspector posted at Kalyanpuri police station allegedly lured the trader that they would help him in changing the scrapped notes of Rs 500 and 1000 into new notes. Whereas, they duped him. After their arrest, Rs 5 lakh was recovered from their possession.
According to the victim, they called him at a bank in Mayur Vihar on November 17 where he handed over Rs 18 lakh to them. Further they asked him to wait for a day to get the new currency notes against the scrapped notes.
The sub-inspector has been identified as Sudhir Rathi while the others have been identified as Ankur, Ranvijay and Rohit. A case under Section 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) , 406 ( Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC have been registered at the Tilak Nagar police station against the accused persons.
A senior police official said that they have been kept in one-day police remand and are being interrogated to recover the remaining money.
It was learnt that Sudhir Rathi joined Delhi Police in 2008 and prior to joining the Delhi Police, he had served in the Indian Army.
During investigation, it was learnt that the victim had came to Delhi on November 7 to purchase clothes from Delhi.
But on November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
At that time, the trader, identified as Saifuddin was carrying Rs 18 lakh to pay to the buyers. And due to sudden policy decision, he became helpless.
Later, when he discussed his plight with one of his relative—Amanthullah Wasim—he advised him to deposit the money in the bank with the help of his friend—Shailender. Wasim said that Shailender’s sister—Payal work in a bank and she would help him in depositing the money in the Mayur Vihar bank.
Shailender allegedly revealed the matter to one of the accused who planned to dupe him. After realising that he has been duped, Saifuddin filed a complaint at Tilak Nagar police station.