BENGALURU: One man was arrested recently for allegedly cheating hundreds of students to the tune of Rs 35 lakh.
The man, identified as Rahul Chaturvedi, was caught by the police at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, on September 12 and brought to Bengaluru.
CCB police made the arrest following a complaint filed by Ekambaram, a representative of the Indo-Asian Academy Group of Institutions. According to the complaint, Chaturvedi along with five others had contacted the Academy assuring financial support to it.
The accused, according to the police, entered into an agreement with the college wherein the college had to pay 10 per cent of the fees collected from the students to the firm represented by them. In exchange, Chaturvedi and others assured to provide amenities to the Academy.
Accordingly, an amount equivalent to 10 per cent fees of students, estimated at Rs 35 lakh was paid to the accused. However, the accused fled with the money.
Following the incident, the Academy filed a police complaint stating that the fraud committed by the group would result in losses to the tune of Rs 23 crore to the Academy.
Chaturvedi fled the country. Learning about the same, CCB police of Bengaluru issued a look out circular for the arrest of Rahul in all international airports of the country. Recently, the accused who had fled to United States of America returned to his hometown in Haryana. Rahul had planned to flee to Hong Kong after his return but he was nabbed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
City police went to Delhi and took the accused into custody.
However, police sources who are investigating the case said that shortcomings of the Academy in honouring the terms and conditions proposed by Chaturvedi may have also been the cause for the alleged fraud.
“While the Academy had to pay Rs 90 lakh as per agreement, they had paid only Rs 35 lakh to the accused,” the source added.
Man forges convocation certificate
Bangalore University filed a case against a person who, according to the University records, had passed out in 1998 but forged a fake convocation certificate of the year 1989. Registrar K M Ninge Gowda lodged a complaint against Sanjay Samuel Iyer for forging the certificate. “We got to know about the fake certificate through sources. When we verified it, we found the person had also misused the university logo,” Gowda said.