Cong woman leader, 6 oth­ers booked for dup­ing NRI of ₹20cr

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab/ J&k / Hp - Press Trust of In­dia let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

PHAGWARA: A leader of the Mahila Congress was among the seven peo­ple booked for al­legedly dup­ing a non-res­i­dent In­dia (NRI) of more than ₹20 crore here, the po­lice said on Wed­nes­day.

Congress leader Mi­nakshi Verma, a res­i­dent of Bas­ant Na­gar, her Uk-based daugh­ter Deepti Bhalla, her rel­a­tives So­han Lal Shinh, his wife Veena Shinh, his sons Lo­hit Shinh and Lokesh Shinh and their friend Cristina Le­zovika, a res­i­dent of Dubai, have been booked, they said. The seven per­sons have been booked on the charge of cheat­ing and dis­hon­estly in­duc­ing de­liv­ery of prop­erty on Fe­bru­ary 12 on the ba­sis of a com­plaint by Uk-based NRI Surinder Ku­mar, they said.

The com­plainant told po­lice that Deepti Bhalla was his friend and she had in­tro­duced him to Lo­hit and Lokesh as noted bro­kers of a Dubai-based firm A S Mar­ket Com­pany.

He fur­ther told po­lice that he was asked to in­vest in the com­pany for as­sured 30 per cent profit.

Ku­mar said he came to In­dia in Novem­ber 2015 and stayed in Bhalla’s house who in­tro­duced him to her mother and af­ter which he gave Rs 30 lakh for in­vest­ment. He fur­ther told the po­lice that sub­se­quent meet­ings were ar­ranged by the ac­cused in Gur­gaon in Haryana, Dubai and the UK and he gave in in­stall­ments of to­tal ₹20.8 crore to them.

But when the com­plainant de­manded his 30% profit in March last year, he was nei­ther given any profit nor re­turned the amount that he, po­lice said.

Sat­nam­pura SHO Narinder Singh Au­jla con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said raids were be­ing con­ducted to ar­rest the ac­cused.

Mean­while, Verma de­nied the al­le­ga­tions as base­less and said she had noth­ing to do with the is­sue and she was be­ing im­pli­cated in it falsely.

So­han Lal Shinh, also de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, and ac­cused a lo­cal in­flu­en­tial man for be­ing be­hind it.

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