'CBI officer' held after cheating in filmi style

A 31-year-old man allegedly impersonated as CBI’s joint director to influence a senior Union Commerce and Industry Ministry to renew a private company’s export license. The accused was arrested in north-west Delhi’s Pitampura on Tuesday, police said.

Amit Aggarwal, a resident of Pitampura, did Bachelor of Pharmacy from Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy at Bangalore in 2004.

According to Ravindra Yadav, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways), he started his career as a wholesale medical distributor in 2005 and started distribution work of medicines in government hospital.

“Amit has good command over English and was aware that people easily get terrorised with the name of Central Bureau of Investigation officers. He got the idea of extorting money from high profile persons and settling issues with government offices after watching Bollywood movie Special 26 based on fake CBI officers,” Yadav added.

An action was taken after the crime branch received a complaint on October 8 in which it was alleged that additional director general of foreign trade was approached by someone posing as CBI’s joint director. The caller insisted to renew the export license of an import-export company based at central Delhi’s Jhandewalan. However, due to suspicion, officers of foreign trade filed a complaint with the crime branch.

On Tuesday, another complaint was received from real estate developers Omaxe regarding blackmailing and extortion of undue amount from the company by six persons. Omaxe reported that the company is developing residential township ‘Omaxe City’ in Rohtak, and Surender Kumar and Ajay Kumar had paid Rs 9 lakh each for two plots as booking amounts.

A dispute arose between them, as they did not pay the dues. After this, Surender and Ajay filed complaints with the concerned authorities in Rohtak, which are still pending. 

It was alleged by the company that around 20 days back, a person introducing himself as CBI’s joint director started threatening and blackmailing the company for allotment of the plots or to pay Rs 60 lakh each to Surender and Ajay. 

“The accused threatened that if the company does not pay huge amount to them, then he being the CBI’s officer will take stern action against the company,” Yadav said.

During preliminary enquiries, it was revealed that the impersonator had got issued his phone number on the basis of fake documents and made limited calls from it.

Accordingly, two separate cases of impersonation, forgery and extortion were registered. After technical surveillance, the crime branch succeeded in tracing and arresting Amit in Pitampura on Tuesday.DH News Service

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