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Major haul: City Police Commissioner K. Radhakrishnan inspecting the computers seized, displayed at the commissionerate on Sunday. M. Paneer Selvam, Assistant Commissioner of Police, CCB (right), is in the picture.
Major haul: City Police Commissioner K. Radhakrishnan inspecting the computers seized, displayed at the commissionerate on Sunday. M. Paneer Selvam, Assistant Commissioner of Police, CCB (right), is in the picture.

Staff Reporter

He fraudulently purchased machines worth Rs. 1.27 crore

CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the city police on Saturday arrested a man who fraudulently purchased computers and laptops worth Rs. 1.27 crore from a firm in Nungambakkam. A total of 250 desktops, 153 laptops, a sum of Rs. 72,000 and a car he had brought by illegally selling 56 laptops were seized.

Police said that the accused, Saravanan (32), owner of Wescos Properties and Developers in T. Nagar, had posed as a representative of Madha Engineering College in Mannamadurai and placed an order for 250 desktops and 300 laptops worth Rs. 1.53 crore with Broad Line Computer System on April 4.

“Identifying himself as S. Shankar, he placed the bulk order and wanted the lot to be delivered at the college in Mannamadurai. We delivered 250 desktops on April 28 and 209 laptops on April 30,” said J. Ravindran, administration manager of the computer firm, also the complainant in the case.

Saravanan tactically got the computers delivered twice in a pharmaceutical godown near the college after saying that the computers would be taken from there and fixed after the construction work of new block in the college was completed, Mr. Ravindran said.

“We grew suspicious after he kept dodging our representatives who contacted him for payment for the computers delivered. So we sent our person to the college and realised that we had been cheated,” Mr. Ravindran said.

On Friday, Mr. Ravindran lodged a complaint with the Police Commissionerate in Egmore. The case was taken up by a CCB team and within 24 hours Saravanan was apprehended from Nungambakkam. He confessed to having committed the crime. He guided the police team to places in T. Nagar and Velachery where he had hidden the computers. Police are now in the process of recovering 56 laptops Saravanan had sold.

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