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A PRIZE CATCH: Joint Commissioner of Police Gopal Hosur looking at seized cars in a cheating case in Bangalore on Wednesday.
A PRIZE CATCH: Joint Commissioner of Police Gopal Hosur looking at seized cars in a cheating case in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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A 19-year-old youth arrested; he allegedly promised to get BDA site re-allotted for the victim

Seven high-end cars, jewellery seized

Accused had documents with forged signatures

BANGALORE: The Hulimavu police arrested Sukesh (19), a college dropout, who allegedly cheated a senior citizen of Rs. 1.14 crore by promising him that he would get a BDA site allotted to him using what he claimed was his top political contacts.

The police arrested Sukesh’s parents, Mala (48) and Chandrashekar (57), and his two accomplices Saleem alias Rehman Sharieff (22) and Mohammed Fayaz (21) on charge of abetting the crime.

According to the complainant, Subramanyam (75) of Bannerghatta Road and his family members, Sukesh had told them that he was a close friend of Nikil Gowda, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s son. He had claimed that he was close to Tamil Nadu Finance Minister K. Anbazhgan, they said.

The police have seized from Sukesh, who called himself Drift King, seven high-end cars, including a BMW and a Nissan, gold jewellery and electronic gadgets, all estimated at Rs. 70 lakh. He had splurged on these using Mr. Subramanyam’s money, the police said.

BDA site

Sukesh’s parents are employees of a rubber industry owned by Mr. Subramanyam’s sister-in-law Saraswathi.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Soumendu Mukherjee told presspersons on Wednesday that several years ago BDA had allotted a 7,200 sq ft site at HBR Layout to Mr. Subramanyam. Subsequently, the BDA withdrew the allotment.

Sukesh learnt about this through his parents and approached Mr. Subramanyam. He promised him that using his high-level contacts, he would get the site re-allotted to him. To convince the elderly man about his contacts, Sukesh took his two friends to him and introduced one of them as a son of a VIP and the other as a leading builder who knew several ministers, Mr. Mukherjee said.

Over a period of one year, the accused collected Rs. 1.14 crore from Mr. Subramanyam, a retired official of a petroleum company. Mr. Subramanyam had got the money from his children, who were in the U.S.

The accused fabricated documents, forged signatures of BDA officials and gave them to Mr. Subramanyam stating that the BDA had allotted him a site. When they threatened him for more money, he realised that the three had cheated him and lodged a police complaint, Mr. Mukherjee said.

During investigation, it came to light that Sukesh’s parents had convinced Mr. Subramanyam that their son had high political contacts and would get the work done.

Drag races

Mr. Mukherjee said Sukesh, who was addicted to drag races, had created a fake document by forging the signature of a senior police official.

The document stated that the police should allow him to drive four-wheelers and two-wheelers anywhere in Karnataka until he got his driving licence.

According to sources in the police, Sukesh had forged the signature of the then Bangalore Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh and created the fake document in April 2006.

The police said that investigations were on to ascertain if Sukesh had cheated anyone else. The jurisdictional court has remanded him in police custody till August 27.

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