New Delhi :A major call centre racket operating separately from different buildings in Udyog Vihar Phase 5, which allegedly duped American and other foreign citizens by offering them loans, lotteries and tax benefits, was busted by Gurgaon police late on Monday night.
The police got a whiff of this scam while investigating a fraud concerning foreign clients of a multi-national firm based in Gurgaon, who were being duped by the Gurgaon-based operators.
In the raids on Monday night, police said 33 persons working as managers and team leaders were arrested from these call centres while over 250 employees were included in the investigation. The police also seized a large number of laptops, computers and other IT equipment used in the con operation. The accused were booked under sections 406, 419 and 66 of the IT?Act.
Upon questioning the employees, the police found that the owners of Gurgaon-based racket were Nitin Dahiya, a Gurgaon resident, Rohit Kumar resident of Noida and Shahrukh Khan a Delhi resident. The owners of another call centre were identified as Rohit Rajvansh, a resident of Lodhi Colony and Rahul Shrivastav, resident of Dwarka.
The police suspects that the accused were managing operations on behalf of a mastermind or kingpin, who hails from Gujarat and is based abroad.
Among those arrested was a national from Ghana. Those arrested told police that they would call foreign nationals and tell them that they had won a lottery, or could get a loan, or they were calling from the tax department. “Seven cases have been registered against the accused for running the call centres without any permission, lease agreement or authorisation”, said Sumit Kuhar, DCP, crime, Gurgaon. The workers at these call centres were paid salary in cash.
“The victims were asked to pay money through iTunes card from which cash could be transferred,” said Kuhar. He, however, refused to indicate the amount of money siphoned and how the money was brought from abroad.
Given wide ramifications of this call centre fraud, Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said, “This is a major operation as money was funnelled through Hawala channels. We will write to the enforcement directorate if the need arises.”
SC dismisses plea seeking ban on roadshows, bike rallies during polls
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls.
“We are not inclined to entertain this,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepka Gupta told advocate Virag Gupta, who was appearing for petitioners Vikram Singh and Shaivika Agrawal.
Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC’s instructions and cause damage to the environment.
Will give PM Modi whistle, cap if he wants to be ‘chowkidar’: Owaisi
Hyderabad: Akbaruddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for adding ‘chowkidar’ as a prefix in his name on twitter and said that he would provide him with a whistle and a cap if the Prime Minister is interested in such a job.
Speaking at a rally here on Sunday, Owaisi said, “I have seen on Twitter where the names have become as ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’, ‘Chowkidar Amit Shah’. Why only one twitter? He should also mention ‘Chowkidar’ in his Aadhaar card, voter-id and passport.”
“We want a PM not a ‘Chaiwala’, ‘Pakodewala’…I am surprised at those who vote for Modi, what kind of person they vote for? If Modi is so interested in being a ‘Chowkidar’, he should come to me, I will offer him a Chowkidar’s cap and a whistle,” he said.
Akbaruddin had won from the Chandrayangutta Assembly seat in the last year’s assembly polls in Telangana.
In December 2018, Owaisi was elected as floor leader of AIMIM in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.
Delhi HC seeks ED’s reply on Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of PMLA case
New Delhi: Division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vinod Goel of Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant interim relief to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora on their plea for quashing of FIR/ECIR by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
The Delhi HC said that it does not want to interfere since the anticipatory bail plea is being heard in the Patiala House Court.
Although, the Delhi HC Court has sought response of ED on their plea that challenges the Constitutional validity of certain sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It has also directed the ED to supply a copy of ECIR to Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora.
The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for May 2.
Robert Vadra had moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of FIR against him filed by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
The Directorate has questioned Vadra multiple times in connection with the case which pertains London-based properties bought between the years 2005 and 2010.
Meanwhile, the ED filed a reply in the lower court alleging that Robert Vadra is the beneficial owner of various properties under investigation in the case which has been acquired through the proceeds of crime.
The Enforcement Directorate, in its application, had said that investigation is still ongoing and is at a crucial stage. In its reply, it had also sought a ‘free’ hand to a thorough interrogation.
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