Imposters arrested for defrauding Rs 87 lacs

The Delhi Police crime branch has arrested five persons, including a woman, for cheating a private construction company of Rs 87 lakh in the pretext of providing the tenders of Delhi Metro and DLF.

The arrests came following investigations into a complaint by the chairman and managing director of a private limited construction company that he was cheated by them of Rs 87 lakh on the pretext that they would provide him a Rs 90-lakh contract of DMRC work and a Rs 575-crore contract of DLF.

Police recovered Rs 21 lakh along with blank letterheads of DMRC, DLF and IDBI Bank, fake stamps among other things.

The recovered items also include fake bank guarantee of IDBI Bank of Rs 250 crores.

The arrested have been identified as Ranjan Kumar (58), Ashwani Mishra (30), Jai Kumar (28), Kulveer Singh (44) and Kiran Sharma (46).

While investigating, it was found that the complainant came in contact with Ranjan Kumar, who allegedly told him that he and one of his associates, Kiran Sharma, have contacts with senior officials of DMRC and DLF and that they could get him contracts for construction works. They had demanded Rs 50 lakhs for getting the contract.

Ranjan and Kiran then roped Ashwini and Jai Kumar, who worked for a private construction company involved in construction projects of Delhi Metro. In order to convince the complainant, the cheats organised a meeting with two persons who impersonated as high officials of DLF.

'They have been identified as Subhankar Choudhary and Surya Narain. After the meeting, the complainant paid Rs 50 lakhs. The cheaters then showed a fake IDBI Bank guarantee of Rs 250 crores, which they told they pay DLF in lieu of award of contract,' said Ashok Chand, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).

However, when no work contract from DLF was received by the complainant, they told him that the deal with DLF fell through but instead they would get him a DMRC contract  worth Rs 90 crores. They had informed the complainant that he would have to further spend Rs 37 lakhs for getting the contract.

'Subsequently, they sent a forged letter to the complainant. The complainant was also asked to sign in an acceptance letter and sent it back to DMRC. When the complainant sent the acceptance letter to DMRC he was informed by DMRC officials that no such offer was sent by DMRC and the documents are forged,' said Chand.

'The stationary and blank letterhead of DMRC was procured from office of DMRC by one of the employee of DMRC. He has been identified. The cheaters had also created fake email addresses, rubber stamps and faked tender documents of DMRC officials,' added Chand.
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