5 held for duping trader with DMRC, DLF 'contracts'

5 held for duping trader with DMRC, DLF 'contracts'

Gang forges Metro letterhead, pockets Rs 87 lakh

Five people, including a woman, were arrested for duping a businessman of Rs 87 lakh on  the pretext of providing construction contracts with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and real estate company DLF, amounting Rs 90 crore and Rs 575 crore respectively, police said.

Ranjan Kumar, 58, who hails from Patna and was staying at Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, Kiran Sharma, 46, of Janakpuri in west Delhi, Ashwani Mishra, 30, and Jai Kumar, 28, of Noida and Shahdara’s Kulveer Singh, 44, who made fake stamp and seals, were arrested from their homes, said additional commissioner of police (crime) Ashok Chand.

“They were involved in duping the chairman and managing director of a private construction company of Rs 87 lakh on the pretext of providing him a contract with DMRC amounting to Rs 90 crore and of DLF amounting to Rs 575 crore. We have recovered Rs 21 lakh along with the blank letterheads of DMRC, DLF and IDBI Bank, fake stamps and other incriminating material,” said Chand.

The victim said in his police complaint that during his business activities, he came in contact with Ranjan Kumar. Ranjan and Kiran Sharma told him that they had contacts with senior officials at DMRC and DLF and they could get him a contract for construction work worth crores of rupees.

“They demanded Rs 50 lakh for getting the contract. They then roped in their accomplices Ashwani and Jai Kumar – who works for a private construction company involved in projects of DMRC,” said Chand.

To convince the victim, they organised a meeting with two persons, who presented themselves as senior DLF officials Subhankar Choudhary and Surya Narain. After the meeting, the victim paid them Rs 50 lakh. They then showed a fake IDBI Bank guarantee of Rs 250 crore which they said they will submit to DLF in lieu of award of contract.

However, when no work contract from DLF was received by the victim, they told him that the deal with DLF had failed and now they would get a contract with DMRC worth Rs 90 crore. They also told the victim that he would have to further spend Rs 37 lakh for getting the DMRC contract which he gave.

They sent a forged letter to the victim purportedly issued by Kumar Keshav, director project planning, DMRC that he has been awarded the contract work at Badarpur–Faridabad sector.

The victim was also asked to sign 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 them and the documents were forged.

Police also arrested Kulveer Singh who made the fake stamp and seals. The stationery and blank letterhead of DMRC were procured from the Metro office by one of the employees who has been identified.

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