A couple has been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police for allegedly duping a Delhi-based doctor of Rs.25 lakh on the false promise of arranging admission for his son in a medical college.

The matter came to light when the doctor lodged a complaint with the police on November 6 saying that Kiran Kumar, a resident of Hubli in Karnataka, and his wife Renu K. Magadi had duped him on false promise of arranging admission for his son in a medical college. The doctor came in contact with the couple through his cousin in Hubli.

In a meeting with the doctor for the purpose of admission, the couple claimed that they were well-connected and had secured more than 100 admissions in Russia and Karnataka. Kiran, who posed as a functionary of a renowned organisation in Karnataka, worked out the admission cost to Rs.21.63 lakh on a letterhead with the national emblem and promised to refund the money if the admission could not be secured.

Assured by the couple, the doctor allegedly paid them Rs.25 lakh in cash in June. A few days later, Kiran informed the doctor that the admission has been secured and asked him to come to Manipal to complete the formalities.

When the doctor along with his wife and son reached Manipal, Kiran met them along with a man posing as the director of a college and told them that the admission was delayed due to some unforeseen problems.

The doctor was later told that the admission could not be secured and Kiran handed him over two cheques amounting to Rs.25 lakh. But the cheques bounced and Kiran went into hiding. His wife, however, continued to give false assurances to the complainant that the money would be returned.

Sensing that he had been duped, the doctor reported the matter to the police and Kiran and Renu were arrested.

During interrogation, the two purportedly told the police that they had spent a major share of the money on a pleasure trip to South-East Asia.