Agencies slept on complaints against Mehul Choksi: Bengaluru businessman

Along with a few others, city-based investor wrote to PMO; Registrar of Companies informed him that “case is closed”.

Published: 23rd February 2018 04:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2018 05:19 AM   |  A+A-

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The outlet here that has business links with PNB scam accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, ED officials said. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Bengaluru businessman Hariprasad S V, who is fighting to get back `13 crore he invested in a Gitanjali franchise, is a dejected man today.“What is the point in talking about it when nobody bothered to investigate our complaints properly?” he questions.

After running from pillar to post, filing complaints at various police stations and cases in courts, Hariprasad and a few others wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office on July 26, 2016, along with several other previous complaints, drawing the attention of the authorities. The letter was later forwarded to the Registrar of Companies in Maharashtra on July 29, with a copy marked to Hariprasad. “In two months, the RoC sent a letter that the case was closed,” he says.

“I did some homework and found gross irregularities in the balance sheets of Gitanjali. I suspected it to be a big scam and in our letter to the PMO, we even cited examples of Vijay Mallya and Sahara group scams,” he said.

“It may not be possible for the authorities to bring back Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi and recover the money. The issue will be used by political parties and will end with no results.“Everyone slept on it when there was an opportunity to catch Choksi almost three years ago. It’s very frustrating to see how this so-called powerful investigating agencies and regulators are so irresponsible and lethargic in taking note of such serious complaints even after they are reported repeatedly. This will give an impression to the common man that the entire system is corrupt,” he said.He also questioned how Congress caught hold of the email that he had sent to the PMO and said that the issue has affected his professional and personal life. 

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