Conman inspired by Natwarlal arrested
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 06, 2011, 18:49
New Delhi: He got inspired by notorious conman "Natwarlal", who repeatedly sold the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, but the 21-year-old degree student could not hoodwink police for long like his 'guru'.

Ashis Tiwari, who hails from a middle-class family in UP's Etawah, was arrested from Noida on March 1st for "fraudulently" withdrawing around Rs 19 lakh from the account of Indraprastha Automobiles Pvt Ltd by posing as its Director.

"He was not alone in this fraud. He is the member of a syndicate involved in encashing stolen cheques. The other members of the gang Amit Chauhan, Sunny and Vikrant are on the run," V Renganathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Renganathan said.

"Since childhood, he was very much inspired by Hindi movie 'Mr Natwarlal' in which the hero becomes rich through cheating. He always tried to imbibe the character and after finishing his schooling came to Delhi," he said.

Tiwari, who is pursuing a degree course from a prominent university in Delhi, also used Natwarlal as one of his aliases.

Natwarlal, originally Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava (1912-2001), was wanted in around 100 cases and was sentenced to 113 years in prison for cheating cases like selling Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and Rashtrapati Bhavan. His life formed the basis of the 1979 film 'Mr Natwarlal' starring Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Tiwari's arrest came following investigations into a complaint filed by Seema Jha of Indraprastha Automobiles Pvt Ltd who claimed that there was fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 30 lakh from the company account by some unknown person representing himself as Director.

"Rs 6.70 lakh was withdrawn on February three and Rs 8.40 lakh and Rs four lakh on February 10 by presenting stolen cheques of the company in various branches of HDFC Bank. The signature made on the cheques did not bear the signature of the authorised signatory or that of the Director of the company," Renganathan said.

Police received an input on March one that Tiwari would come to Noida Sector 18 and he was arrested there.

"He had come to Noida to close his account in a bank. He has deposited Rs 9.26 lakh earned from the said fraud in this bank," Renganathan said.

After reaching Delhi, he said, Tiwari came in contact with Chauhan, Sunny and Vikrant. Tiwari left the job in HDFC Bank and joined Kotak Mahindra Bank with a new name as Ramji, he said.

"He also got opened an account in the bank with the new name. His associates managed to get cheques of the company and filled in huge amounts. They all made fake identity proof and Pan Cards in the name of the Director of Indraprastha Automobiles and encashed the cheques," he said.


First Published: Sunday, March 06, 2011, 18:49

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