Pune: BJP leader arrested from Nashik in over Rs 1 crore cheating case

Pune: BJP leader arrested from Nashik in over Rs 1 crore cheating case

Pune: Under the pretext of business partnership in various business project schemes and investing money, Nashik based BJP leader and businessman was arrested by Pune police for allegedly cheating and duping a city-based builder.

A case has been filed by Kondhwa police station which falls under the jurisdiction of Pune city police. The incident came to light after Mohadis Mohammad Farukh Bakhala, a resident of NIBM road Kondhwa gave a written complaint to Kondhwa police for being cheated and duped tune to Rs 1.65 crores.

In this case, the Kondhwa police arrested BJP leader and businessman Ratnakar Pawar along with Ashok Ahire from Nashik. Pawar is BJP leader based in Nashik and during Maharashtra State election he had contested election against Shiv-Sena leader.

It seems the duo had appealed for bail but it was rejected and they were underground. Both were arrested by police on information received about their whereabouts.

Speaking to Sakal Times Senior Inspector Vinayak Gaikwad of Kondhwa police station said, “The complainant Bakhala has tour and travel business as well as he runs a construction company. In February 2017, Anees Menon introduced him to the suspects involved in this case. Pawar is a BJP leader as well as a businessman in real estate. During their meeting, Pawar had explained various schemes and construction project of his company run under Girna Infra project and other schemes of his. If the money is invested in it will be getting good monetary gains."

“Based on which both complainant's and suspects underwent in a contract and Bakhala on various occasions paid Rs 1.65 crores to Pawar. Later Bakhala realised that the project in which he had given money was not utilised for properties investment but used for own self-purpose by the suspects. Later complainant demanded his money back but they failed to give him. Despite asking money to returned back which the suspects fail to give prompted him to approach us. Earlier, in this case, we arrested four other suspects and now these two", Gaikwad informed.

He added, "Our team had gone to Nashik to investigate the case and probe about Pawar. Later Pawar had approached various courts for bail but those were rejected even by Supreme court during the lockdown.  Based on which we started searching for him and finally from our informants we got information about duo whereabouts we arrested. The role of suspects will be clear once we get police custody."

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