A cheat, declared proclaimed offender has been caught by the staff of Amar Colony, south-east district. The cheat identified as Manish Kaushik 36 years of Ranjeet Nagar, had been absconding for the past 3 years. His modus operandi was that he bought computer parts, clothes, water purifier and made payment by signing fake cheques and sold these articles to junk dealers and other receivers at cheap prices.
He has cheated several businessmen and traders from Amar Colony. He was wanted in 4 criminal cases of cheating and breach of trust and 14 civil cases of cheque bounce.
In the year 2015-16, accused Manish with his associate Gaurav Chaudhary opened 2 separate offices on rent at East of Kailash, Amar Colony. Both the offices were opened in the name of “The Buyers” and “Kunal Trading Company”. Accused Manish and Gaurav Chaudhary pretended to be the directors and owners of the alleged companies. They would purchase laptops and computer items, RO water purifiers, clothes, handloom, bedsheet and other articles from gullible merchants. They would give a token amount as advanced for the above articles to the traders and issued bogus Post Dated Cheques (PDCs) against the purchase to the parties as rest of the payment, which eventually bounced. After committing the crime, they vacated their offices and ran off.
When the victims tried to search for them for recovery of their money, they couldn't trace them and they had no clue either.
The duped traders filed several complaints at Saket Court. Besides, 4 cases of cheating and breach of trust vide FIR nos 62/17, 157/17, 158/17, 72/18 were registered at PS Amar Colony.
The police carried out investigation, efforts were put in to trace the accused, raids were conducted at the suspected addresses of the accused but to no avail. The accused was declared Proclaimed Offender (PO) in 14 cheque bounce cases vide CC No. 635890/16, 635937/16, 635965/16, 636009/16, 636203/16, 636321/16, 636322/16, 636323/16, 212/17, 1235/17, 1282/17, 1369/17, 1513/17, 1479/17 by the Ld. Metropolitan Magistrate at Saket Court Complex.
Taking the gravity of the case in view, a special team comprising SI Abhishek Mishra, SI Amit Kumar and HC Lal Singh led by SHO Inspector Anant Gunjan under the supervision of Govind Sharma ACP sub-division Kalkaji was constituted. "During the course of investigation of the case, the police team scanned the bank details and carried out fresh raids at all possible hide-outs of the accused persons. The efforts of the police team fetched the desired results. The accused Kaushik was arrested from Ranjit Nagar. He disclosed that in order to make a fast buck, he with his associate Gaurav Chaudhary hatched a conspiracy to cheat traders and businessmen," DCP south-east district Chinmoy Biswal said.
They have cheated as many as 25 people of more than ₹ one crore.
Manish further disclosed that at present he was looking forward to opening a new office and company with intent to cheat more people. "Manish 36 years, a graduate from Delhi University worked with a private company then he thought of cheating traders so that he could earn more money in a short span of time. He, earlier on, was arrested in cases of car theft and cheating. Further investigation of the cases is underway. The police are making efforts to arrest Gaurav, the partner of the accused who is still at large," Biswal concluded saying.