Astt GM of Maruti dealer, 2 Sales Executives arrested

Astt GM of Maruti dealer, 2 Sales Executives arrested Chandigarh: Chandigarh Police on Wednesday arrested three senior officials, including an Assistant General Manager of a leading dealer of Maruti Suzuki on charge of delivering Swift and Dzire cars to customers without booking.

The high in demand Swift and Dzire models booked by prospective customers were delivered without booking "after taking black amount about Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 in each car delivery case," Chandigarh Police said in a release here.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) CID Anil Joshi said here that the racket came to light after the purchasers who got delivery of the cars without booking could not get the vehicles registered with the "fake documents" provided to them as they were different from original documents generated in the name of the original buyers in the online booking and delivery system of Maruti.

Five such cases of sale of cars have so far come to light and further investigations were on, Joshi said, adding those arrested were AGM Sukhwinder Kanth and Sales Executives - Vikrant Thakur and Pankaj Sharma.

"More arrests are expected soon and the role of the dealer's management is also being probed," the DSP said.

Managing Director of the firm Ranjeev Dahuja was not contactable and the Chief General Manager Rajiv Handa declined to make any comment.

The release said all three accused have been arrested under various sections of the IPC in the case registered at Police Station Industrial Area, UT, Chandigarh.

"They managed to prepare fake insurance and temporary registration number to the customers with the help of other colleagues," it said.

The three who have been arrested were involved "in providing Maruti Swift/Dzire cars to the urgent/needy customers by preparing forged documents like fake insurance cover notes and temporary registration numbers," the release said.

The purchasers getting cars through this channel could not get their vehicles registered as the documents were found to be fake during verification at the Registration Office. The papers of these vehicles were different from those supplied by various Maruti dealers to other genuine customers, the police said.

The release said the accused contacted those persons, who wanted these cars by paying money over and above the showroom prices of cars, prepared fake documents and provided car to them after allegedly taking black amount about Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 for each car delivered.

Police said the sale price of the vehicle received from these customers was shown against the original buyers as the booking number was generated only by Maruti Gurgaon's "Data Management System" in order to complete the booking and delivery process.

The release said, "They (the employees) also prepared all the required documents for the black money paid by a customer without his knowledge. When the black money paid customer went to the registration authority for registering his car, it came to notice that all the papers are fake and the vehicle was not against his name."

Joshi said that the DMS prepared Computer Generated Bills and other papers related to the cars in the names of those who had originally booked the vehicles.

The data was deleted after sometime by the online system, he said, adding that the police have sought some record and details from the dealer.

PTI