Accused in a cheating case of Rs 150 crores
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (Delhi Crown): Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Assistant Commandant Naveen Khatodia, posted at the National Security Guard (NSG), Manesar, surrendered before a Gurugram court for his alleged involvement in the cheating case, wherein owners of five construction firms were duped of over Rs. 150 crores, confirmed s local top cop.
He was on the run since the cheating case was registered on January 8.
On January 13, the Gurugram Police arrested four people, including deputy commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF) Praveen Yadav, for allegedly duping the owners of the construction firms and two women, both Yadav’s family members.
ACP (Crime) Preet Pal Sangwan said Khatodia is the brother-in-law of Yadav, who is the main accused in the cheating case.
On January 15, police raided his house and recovered several gold chains, rings, bracelets, coins, and other ornaments, the valuation of which is yet to ascertained.
“He was hiding in Delhi and taking legal help to get anticipatory bail. After trying everything, Khatodia surrendered in court,” said Sangwan.
Sangwan added – “After getting information, a team led by inspector Madan Singh of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) reached the court and took Khatodia on five-day police remand. We are questioning him and will check his bank accounts to get exact details of transactions, if any,” he said.
According to the police, Yadav posed as an IPS officer posted at NSG Manesar and claimed to provide construction contracts for various works inside the campus. The NSG is part of the Indian special forces under the ministry of home affairs.
Praveen is accused of providing the five owners of construction firms with letters of intent and copies of fake tender contracts, and also made them deposit money in an account with a private bank in the name of “Office of GC (Garrison), Station HQ, NSG, Manesar” on the pretext that it was earnest money for tender allocation.
Sangwan said Khatodia’s wife Ritu Raj Yadav was arrested from Manesar on January 13. Ritu Raj worked in a private bank and helped Yadav open bank accounts with forged documents and was one of the directors in the fake company, which duped the victims.