Cops told to supervise NGO fraud probe

The Delhi high court has ordered monitoring by senior police officers the probe into a case lodged against a charitable NGO for allegedly defrauding hundreds of investors on promises of nearly doubling their money in three months.

‘Let the investigation be monitored by a senior police officer of Delhi Police. We will observe this in our order,’ a bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice V K Jain said.

The bench, however, refused to issue a notice and order a CBI probe into the cases and disposed of the PIL filed by Abhinav Ramkrishna, a Delhi-based advocate.

Ramkrishna, in the PIL, alleged ‘Anand Jan Sewa Society’, a Delhi-based non-profitable charitable organisation and its office bearers, Anand Swaroop Arora, his wife Kiarn Devi and member Lajpat Rai, had duped hundreds small investors of around Rs 200 crores and as many as seven FIRs have been lodged at various police stations against them.

Seeking a CBI probe into the alleged scam, the plea said there has been ‘serious abuse of process of law’ by the accused and police, the prosecution ‘as well as the court below’ are ‘silent spectators.’

‘A fraud was played upon the court, as for the reasons best known, the co-accused was given the benefit of interim bail in garb of the order which never existed,’ it said.

The NGO floated a scheme assuring the investors to return almost double of the invested amount in three monthly instalments. If a person invests Rs 100 then in the first month he will get Rs 30, followed Rs 60 and Rs 90 in next two mownths respectively, the lawyer said.

Earlier also, the NGO had launched similar schemes regarding food articles and electronic goods, the PIL said.

Firstly, the accused ‘used to return the amount as per the scheme’ and later, they started avoiding before fleeing with the deposited money, the PIL said.

Several FIRs were filed and later, a charge sheet in one of the cases was also submitted in a local court.

During the hearing, the lawyers, on behalf of the accused, undertook to deposit Rs 4 crore as 30 per cent of the deposited amount. However, a cheque of Rs 2 crore, deposited pursuant to the order, got dishonoured, it said.

‘Police did not make any attempt to calculate or ascertain the actual amount of money which has been siphoned off, even till date, and in the event of non ascertaining of the actual amount, no investigation can reach its conclusive end,’ it said.
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