New Delhi: Five persons, including a woman, were arrested here for allegedly cheating a construction company of Rs 87 lakh by promising lucrative contracts including one with Delhi Metro to its CMD, police said on Wednesday.
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 and Rs 575 crore work of DLF.
Police recovered Rs 21 lakh along with blank letter-heads 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 crore.
The arrested have been identified as Ranjan Kumar (58), Ashwani Mishra (30), Jai Kumar (28), Kulveer Singh (44) and Kiran Sharma (46), the woman.
During investigations, 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 they could get him a contract for construction works.
"They demanded Rs 50 lakh 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 organized 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 lakh. The cheats then showed a fake IDBI Bank Guarantee of Rs. 250 crore which they told they will submit to DLF in lieu of award of contract," Ashok Chand, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.
However, when no work contract from DLF was received by the complainant, they told him that the dealing with DLF had failed and now they would get contract of DMRC worth Rs 90 crores. They informed the complainant that he would have to further spend Rs 37 lakh for getting the contract.
"Subsequently they sent a forged letter to the complainant...The complainant 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 DMRC and the documents are forged," Chand said.
"The stationary and blank letter-head of DMRC was procured from office of DMRC by one of the employee of DMRC. He has been identified. The cheats also created fake Email IDs, fake tender documents, fake Email IDs of DMRC officials and fake rubber stamps," he said.