MUMBAI: Seven years after being on the run, a 36-year-old man was arrested for allegedly cheating a 70-year-old Malad textile trader of Rs 1.27 crore.
The accused and his two brothers took clothes, sarees and yarn from the complainant to sell it in the market on commission. However, they prepared fake invoices, delivery challans and sold them to third parties. The accused are originally from Rajasthan. They had formed several companies but when police reached the addresses, the companies did not exist there.
Police arrested the accused, Azam Nirban, from Rajasthan. A court remanded him in police custody till June 24.
In October 2020, when a police team landed at Azam’s native village, Ratangarh in Rajasthan, he was found admitted in a Covid care center for treatment. The police team had given him a notice and asked to appear before them once he was treated. However, he ran away after discharge from the center. He was finally arrested on Saturday.
Ganeshmal Jain, a textile trader, had lodged a complaint stating that the three brothers _ Anwar Nirban (42), Azam and Sabir, had assured him to sell his material on a commission basis.
“The deal was finalised with a businessman and the trio took the cloth consignment. The consignment was taken to their godown in Bhiwandi and not to the place where it was to be delivered. They prepared fake bills, invoices and delivery challans and sold it to third parties. When the complainant did not get any amount for his garments, he approached the police,” said an officer from EOW, the probe agency. Earlier, this month Anwar was arrested and is currently in jail.
“We had got a mobile number, collected details of its CDR and location. This helped us in nabbing Anwar from Bhiwandi,” added the officer. Anwar is said to be connected to a political party. The trio’s sister in-law, wife of their oldest brother, is a corporator in a Rajasthan tehsil. Inspector BN Deshmukh of the EOW is probing the case.
The accused had floated several firms like Sadat textiles, Jilani textiles etc. However, when the police reached the addresses, it found the firms didn’t exist there. “They floated the firms for some time, committed cheating and shut it down,” said the officer. Cops are also probing if the accused brothers used the money, fetched through cheating, in starting a real estate business.