CBI had been listening to calls via a phone intercept for the last few weeks as they zeroed in on the accused.
Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation busted a racket that promised to give a Rajya Sabha seat and governorship for up to Rs.100 crores, informed sources to NDTV. The CBI has been listening to wiretapping calls in recent weeks as they approached the suspect, people with first-hand knowledge of the case said, and asked the agency not to reveal their names.
More than four people have been charged in the case by the CBI. Some of them were identified as Karmalakar Premkumar Bandgar residing in Maharashtra, Ravindra Vithal Naik residing in Karnataka, and Mahendra Pal Arora and Abhishek Boora residing in Delhi.
The accused carried out a racket to defraud people by falsely assuring them that they would hold seats in Rajya Sabha, governorship, or appointment to chair government organizations, ministries, and departments, sources said.
“Abhishek Boora plotted with Karmalakar Premkumar Bandgar to use his connections to reach the senior government officials who could play a crucial role in such appointments,” a person linked to investigation informed NDTV, asking not to be identified.
The CBI’s FIR reports clearly reveals details about how the racket promised a Rajya Sabha seat to cheat people for crores of rupees.
Mr. Bandgar, who impersonated himself as a senior CBI officer, told the other accused including a Mohammed Aijaz Khan to bring in any kind of work that he can fix in return asked for a huge amount, revealed the source.
CBI’s FIR stated that Karmalakar Premkumar Bandgar, Mahendra Pal Arora, Md. Alaz Khan and Ravindra Vithal Naik frequently drpped names of the administrators or and political functionaries to impress their clients and approach them for some related work.
“Karmalakar Premkumar Bandgar, falsely personating as senior CBI official, threatened officers serving in police stations for granting favors to someone he knows for influencing the investigation of ongoing cases” , notes the FIR.
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