HYDERABAD: Influenced by a director-general rank officer working with the National Human Rights Commission, the Cyberabad police made a failed attempt to settle a financial dispute between a woman and a businessman, who had duped her to the tune of Rs 1 crore. The businessman had taken a loan from her by registeringa piece of land in return, which she later found that it belonged to the state government. In the meantime, the accused went absconding.
In a case registered at Madhapur police station, a housewife P Vara Laxmi complained that she, along with her friend Dr Vanaja Reddy, had given `1 crore loan, in four instalments, to a car accessories showroom owner Bhuvaneshwar alias Bhuvan and his associate NVNN Murthy in 2014, on a 24 per cent interest. The duo assured to pay back the debt within six months and registered a land in Madhapur on Vara Laxmi’s name as security deposit.
However, even after two years, the duo did not pay the debts back. When the women checked the and registered on Laxmi’s name, they found that the land belonged to the state. Thereafter, they lodged a complaint with Madhapur police station on October 25, 2016.
Meanwhile, doubting that she won’t get her money back if the accused were arrested, Vanaja Reddy managed to have a senior police officer working with NHRC influence the police and delay the arrest of accused, said highly placed sources.
Police tried to settle the matter
Considering the senior officer’s request, Cyberabad police tried to settle the issue by asking the accused to pay the money back. A head constable Balreddy, working in Central Armed Reserve Force, also tried to intervene on behalf of the victim and spoke to the accused, said sources.
The police, meanwhile, summoned the accused and asked him to come to the police station on April 24. But an alert Bhuvan had recorded the conversations with Balreddy and claimed that Vanaja Reddy was threatening him through police officials to get her money back. As the duo accused were not arrested on the day, they went absconding.
Speaking to the Express, a senior police officer from Cyberabad commissionerate said, “The victim requested to help her get back her money. She said she would take the case back if she got her money from Bhuvan, and a senior officer also asked to help the victim in the case.” He added that no body was favoured in the case, but the arrest has been delayed.