Published On : Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017

Job racket: Two key accused sent to PCR till August 8

Nagpur: The two key accused Dharmendra Bharatsingh Rathore and Priyesh Upendra Tiwari, arrested during a raid on call centre in Bhopal by Nagpur Cyber Cell, were on Wednesday produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. The Investigating Office (IO) sought police custody remand of the two accused for further interrogation on ground that they have to investigate as to who other accused are involved in the commission of crime and how many other persons are duped by accused under the false pretext of providing jobs by taking money from them and also to ascertain bank details in which alleged amount of complainant is deposited.

Adv Kailash Dodani, appearing for both accused, opposed the PCR and brought to the notice of the court that both the accused are not the persons who allegedly contacted complainant and asked him to deposit money which is apparent from the FIR.

He further pointed out that even the details of bank account are stated in the FIR itself. The account does not belong to either of accused persons and the accused have already cooperated in the police investigation. They are ready to cooperate further. Therefore he prayed for rejection of PCR as nothing is to be seized or recovered from the accused and they are being falsely implicated.

After hearing both sides, the court sent both accused to PCR till August 8 observing that they are residents of Madhya Pradesh and chain link to be delinked.

APP Singh appeared for state. Adv. Kailash Dodani and Adv Hitesh Khandwani appeared for both accused persons.

It is pertinent to recall that the Cyber Cell of Nagpur Police on Monday raided a fake call centre being run in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and arrested the two accused for duping unemployed youths of different states to the tune of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of providing them jobs. The two arrested key accused and their gang was running the call centre in MP Nagar locality of Bhopal on the lines of bogus Chandrapur call centre.

The action was initiated on the basis of several complaints lodged at various police stations in Nagpur. One of the complainants Satish Sukharam Bante (34), resident of New Futala, Amravati Road, Nagpur, told police that the call centre promised to provide a decent job to him and defrauded him to the tune of Rs 94,050 through paytm. The cops registered an offence under Sections 419, 420, 34 of the IPC read with Sub-Section 66(D)(C) of IT Act and launched investigations. The Cyber Cell traced the call centre operating from Bhopal. A team of Cyber Cell sleuths and Ambazari cops reached Bhopal and raided the call centre, situated in MP Nagar, Zone 2, near Raymond Showroom, with the help of Bhopal police.

The key accused Dharmendra is director of call centre whereas Priyesh is working as group leader. They had created a website “Shine” and kept around 28 employees, including 20 girls and youths, at the call centre to randomly call the unemployed youths and lure them in name of helping them in getting good jobs.