Conman inspired by Natwarlal arrested

Last Updated: Sunday, March 6, 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"Rs 6.70 lakh was withdrawn on February three and Rs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 6, 2011 - 18:49
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