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Mumbai News: CBI arrests SoBo developer in connection with ₹280 crore fraud with SBI bank

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Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested Harresh Mehta, a prominent developer from South Mumbai and director of Rohan Lifespaces Ltd, in connection with a fraud case. The case involves an alleged scam of Rs 280 crore, defrauding a leading public sector bank. The arrest was carried out by the CBI’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in Mumbai.

Details on the case

The CBI’s EOW Mumbai unit initiated the probe in 2016 based on a complaint filed by the Thane branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) against the directors of Rajput Retail Ltd (RRL), Vijay Gupta, and Ajay Gupta. The complaint stated that the accused directors conspired with unknown government servants and availed three loans from the bank using forged documents, resulting in a fraud of Rs 280 crore.

Involvement of Harresh Mehta in the case

During the investigation, the role of Harresh Mehta from Rohan Lifespaces Ltd and Rohan Constructions Ltd emerged. The CBI conducted searches at Mehta’s offices and residences, as well as at Ruby Mills Ltd. It was revealed that loans totaling Rs 155 crore were sanctioned for the purchase of premises in a building called The Ruby.

Legal proceedings in the case

Mehta is currently in judicial custody, and the CBI had submitted a chargesheet in the case in July 2018. Mehta’s lawyers argued against extending his custody, claiming that he had cooperated fully with the agency. They also contended that Mehta was not involved in forgery, fabrication of documents, or cheating, asserting that his arrest by the CBI was unlawful.

Another case taken over by CBI recently

In another development with the investigative agency, the CBI has taken over the investigation of a graft case wherein an Income Tax officer had allegedly demanded a bribe from a doctor for not taking action on a complaint against him for non filing of income tax returns. The accused was caught red-handed by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in December 2020 while accepting a bribe of Rs10 lakh from the complainant.

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Mumbai Cyber Fraud: 42-Year-Old Homemaker Duped Of Rs 13 Lakh In Online Stock Trading Scam In Mira Road

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Mumbai: A 42-year-old homemaker from Mira Road became the latest target of cyber-criminals who cheated her of more than Rs.13 lakh by promising high returns in stock trading.

In her statement to the police, the complainant who stays in the Delta Garden area said that during her trip to Uttan she came across an advertisement regarding stock trading on Instagram. Upon clicking the provided link, the complainant was added to a WhatsApp group in which tips were provided on stock purchases.

During the initial stages she was able to withdraw Rs. 6,600, prompting her to invest a total of Rs.13.83 lakh for buying shares of various companies through 12 online transactions to specified bank accounts in less than two months.

Though she could see her investments on the online trading application platform, she was unable to make further withdrawals. After seeking a clarification from the group admin, she was asked to transfer Rs. 3.90 lakh towards 30 percent taxes. When she expressed her inability to pump more funds she was removed from the group.

An offence under the relevant sections of the IPC and Information Technology Act-2000 has been registered at the Uttan coastal police station against the yet-to-be identified cybercrooks. Further investigations were underway.

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Mumbai BMW Hit-And-Run Case: Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Police Custody Till July 16

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Mumbai BMW Hit-And-Run Case: Accused Mihir Shah Sent To Police Custody Till July 16

Mumbai: The main accused in the Mumbai BMW hit-and-run case, Mihir Shah, has been sent to police custody till July 3. Mihir Shah, who was missing for three days in the hit-and-run incident that killed a woman, was arrested on Tuesday, July 9.

The development comes a day after Mihir Shah was arrested for allegedly running over his BMW car over Kaveri Nakhwa in Mumbai’s Worli area. Kaveri Nakhwa was further dragged for around 1.5 km by the speeding car, later reports claimed.

Mihir Shah allegedly also swapped his seat with the driver, and fled in another vehicle. Mihir Shah is the son of CM Eknath Shinde led Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah and the issue also kicked up a political storm in Maharashtra.

On July 9, Pradeep Liladhar Nakhwa, husband of deceased Kaveri Nakhwa had broken down in tears and had strongly questioned the delay in arrest of the prime accused in the case. He said sobbing, “I asked him to stop, yet he didn’t stop; he ran away. She (the deceased) must have been in so much pain. Everyone knows this but no one is doing anything. There is no one for the poor.”

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A case has been registered against Thane Municipal Deputy Commissioner Manish Joshi, along with five persons

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  • Allegation of filing a case by creating false documents
  • Bribery department will investigate

Thane: Thane Municipal Corporation’s Deputy Commissioner Manish Joshi and five persons have been registered by the Thane Anti-Corruption Department after the order of the court. He was misused to implicate him in a false crime by creating false documents and making entries in his records. There are serious allegations against Manish Joshi that he issued the notice when he was not in the relevant post. Meanwhile, Joshi has rejected these allegations and said that he has approached the High Court against it.

Thane Municipal Corporation Deputy Commissioner Manish Joshi, Kalwa Ward Committee Ward Officer Suresh Shivlal Rajput, Junior Engineer Ravindra Dattatray Kasar, Chief Administrative Office Officer Balu Hanumant Pichad, then Uthalsar Ward Committee Officer Gagan Singh Dan Singh Thapa have been booked under various sections. Thane city police station on Friday. As it has been done, there has been excitement in the circle of the municipality.

According to the information given by the complainant Ad Rajesh Kakad in this case, Shree Subrata Housing Society is an illegal building in Tembhi Naka area of ​​Thane and a notice was given to him by the Municipal Corporation in 2010 regarding illegal construction at this place. Interestingly, after that, without any hearing, without giving me an opportunity to present my case, a case was registered against me under the MRTP Act, with the help of false affidavits and false documents. Interestingly, it was proved in the court that Manish Joshi, who gave the notice, was not in that position at that time. However, the bribery department had filed a petition in the High Court against it, on the other hand, even though there was no status of the court, the police did not file a case. Finally, in 2022, the bribery department withdrew its petition, after bringing this to the attention of the district court, the court ordered to file a case. Kakad has also alleged that there was a big financial transaction between the society and the concerned authorities.

Created false, forged and false documents in willful and willful disobedience of the provisions of law for his own financial gain.This document was recorded in the government records. Also, in order to achieve the same purpose, these documents have conspired to file evidence in the court records and provide information even though it is mandatory by law to give information to the complainants with a view to harming the complainants and misusing their position to implicate the complainants in a false crime, it is alleged in the complaint. has been done.

When contacted with Thane Anti-corruption Department Police Inspector Kawle, he said that investigation is underway in this matter. Meanwhile, “the allegations made by the complainant are wrong. Residents of the building had complained about the illegal extension of the building. On that basis, MRTP action was taken against the complainant as there was no reply even after giving the notice. Deputy Commissioner Manish Joshi informed that we have appealed to the High Court to quash this case.

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