NEW DELHI

Supreme Court lawyer, tantrik held for fraud

NEW DELHI, APRIL 24. A Supreme Court lawyer and a "tantrik" have been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi police for allegedly running a fake finance company and duping several people of huge sums of money in the name of providing loans on easy terms. The accused were arrested from a village in West Bengal.

The Fraud and Cheating Section of the EOW, under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police, M.K. Sharma, were investigating a case registered last year on the basis of complaint by Chandra Murthy of Hyderabad. He alleged that he had been duped of Rs. 30 lakhs by Madan Mohan Kashyap, a Supreme Court lawyer, and Tapas Sarkar alias Netaji. The police team managed to trace the accused in the Begupura village of Nadia District in West Bengal on April 20. They were brought to the Capital and remanded to 10-day police custody on Friday.

Mr. Murthy, who used to run a call centre in Hyderabad, had applied for a loan of Rs. 6 crores in the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation in 2002 to set up an international call centre. A few days later, he got a call from Madan Mohan, who posed as the owner of M/S Esskay Finance, running from 220, New Lawyers Chambers, Supreme Court. The lawyer introduced him to Tapas Sarkar, who also claimed to have magical powers, as the manager of the firm. They promised him easy loans and impressed him by showing fake brochures of their company. Mr. Murthy paid Rs. 30 lakhs to Tapas on various pretexts but the loan was never sanctioned. The complainant almost faced bankruptcy and could not even pay salaries to his staff. He then approached the police.

The police searched the chamber of Madan Mohan and recovered several incriminating documents. The police came to know that the duo had also cheated three more persons of about Rs. 20 lakhs . Efforts to trace them initially proved difficult as the duo used to change their base of operation frequently. Finally, the police came to know that the duo was holed up in West Bengal. A team was sent there which managed to trace them in Nadia District. The two were busy duping people there too. During interrogation, they told the police that they left Delhi and went to Mumbai. There, Madan Mohan assumed the name of Mohammad Muneer Khan and lived in Andheri. They then fled to Andhra Pradesh, went to Assam and finally West Bengal. All the while they were constantly cheating people. They used to live in luxury hotels and travel by air.

Earlier, Tapas, a resident of Kokrajhar in Assam, had come to Delhi in search of work. Around the same time, Madan Mohan was gaining popularity as a Supreme Court lawyer dealing with many cases related to the Babri Masjid demolition. Madan Mohan and Tapas used to liaison with big finance companies and find out about people who applied for big loans and then trap them.

Further investigations are on to identify other victims of the accused duo.

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