Inspired by the plot of a recently released Hindi movie, Special 26, a 31-year-old man allegedly impersonated as Joint Director with the Central Bureau of Investigation. With his “assumed identity”, the accused tried to influence the Additional Director General Foreign Trade to renew a private company’s export licence and instructed the representatives of a construction company to settle a property dispute, said the police.

The accused, identified as Amit Aggarwal, was arrested in Pitampura on Tuesday by the Delhi Police Crime Branch.

“Amit was aware that people would easily get terrorised by CBI officers. He put this knowledge and his good command over English to use. He got the idea of extorting money from high profile people and settling issues with government offices when he saw Special 26, which is based on fake CBI officers,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

The police acted on two complaints, the first was received on October 8. In that complaint, it was alleged that Additional Director General Foreign Trade was approached by someone posing as Joint Director with the CBI. The caller wanted to get the export license of an import-export company based in Jhandewalan renewed.

On Tuesday, real estate developers Omaxe filed a complaint that they were being blackmailed and an undue amount of money extorted by six persons.

The company, which is developing a residential township, ‘Omaxe City’, in Rohtak, told the police that two persons, Surender Kumar and Ajay Kumar, had paid Rs. 9 lakh each for two plots as booking amount but a dispute arose as they failed to pay their dues. Following this, Surender and Ajay filed complaints with the concerned authorities in Rohtak, which are still pending.

In its complaint, the company alleged that around 20 days back, a person introducing himself as Joint Director with the CBI threatened and blackmailed the company to allot the plots to Kumar and Ajay Kumar or pay Rs. 60 lakh each to them. The caller threatened that he will take stern action against the company if it did not comply.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the impersonator had 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 and technical surveillance was mounted, which ultimately led to Amit’s arrest.

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