Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Mastermind in Thane call centre scam to be taken to Gujarat

- Debasish Panigrahi htmetro@hindustant­imes.com

A team from the Thane police will take Sagar ‘Shaggy’ Thakkar, the mastermind of the ₹1,900-crore Thane call centre scam, to his native place in Ahmedabad to identify and asses his investment­s, allegedly made from the ill-gotten money.

He had surrendere­d himself to the police and was arrested from the Mumbai airport on Friday.

The scam, which operated since 2013 through at least half a dozen call centres in Thane, targeted at least 15,000 US-based tax payers, who were allegedly conned by Indian tele-callers.

The scam came to light last year when police raided call centres at Mira Road in Thane district on the night of October 4-5. Subsequent­ly, police teams raided and shut down five call centres in Ahmedabad which were a part of the racket.

Ober 70 people, mostly directors and key persons linked to these call centres, were arrested and 700 employees were detained. Thane commission­er Param Bir Singh told HT on Tuesday that the police had obtained leads about Thakkar’s investment­s in properties and some other businesses.

“We will check those addresses and also the bank accounts as revealed by him,” Singh said, adding that the police would seek court’s interventi­on to attach those assets. The police will check Thakkar’s three bank accounts during their visit to Gujarat. They will also check hawala channels who helped him en-cash US iTune cards, through his contacts in China for a cut.

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