Nagpur: In a sudden and unsuspecting move, Justice V T Suryawanshi who was the District Judge 5 and Additional Sessions Judge, Nagpur, Special Judge of
M C O C Act and M P I D Criminal and Justice S D Jagmalani District who was Judge 3 and Additional Sessions Judge, Nagpur, Special Judge of N.D.P.S. Act Electricity Act Presiding Officer, Tribunal of M A C T No.2 were transferred to Dharva and Lathur respectively.
Justice V T Suryavanshi was dealing with high-profile financial fraud cases like Prashant Wasankar, Shree Surya and other cases under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPID Act). He was also said to be dealing with high-profile cases of goons and criminals under the Maharashtra Control Organized Crimes Act (MCOCA).
It was Justice V T Suryavanshi who saw to the incarceration of the Prashant Wasankar and his cohorts, Sameer and Pallavi Joshi of Shree Surya Investments etc.
After a lot of public pressure, police had filed charge-sheet in MPID Court against Prashant Jaideo Wasankar, Vinay Jaideo Wasankar and Abhijit Jayant Chaudhari, all associated with Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd, after collecting unflinching evidence against them in duping of investors case.
The police had filed chargesheet as an outcome of offences registered at Ambazari Police Station (Crime No. 156/2014) after complaints were lodged by investors and later by nearly 303 other investors who were lured and duped by the three named accused to the tune of crores of rupees by promising high returns for their investments. The Crime Branch of Nagpur Police investigated the complaints filed at Ambazari Police Station and subsequently gathered concrete evidence against Prashant Jaideo Wasankar, Vinay Jaideo Wasankar and Abhijit Jayant Chaudhari in the high-profile fraud case. An offence was registered against the arrested accused under Sections 406, 420, 506, 120(B) of the IPC and Sub-Section 3 of Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPID Act) 1999. After collecting the evidence, the chargesheet against the three accused was filed before the Special Sessions Judge of MPID Court. However, the number of cases lodged by investors has since increased to nearly 354 and amount duped has risen to Rs 2000 crores.
Sameer Joshi and his wife Pallavi Joshi who were owners of Shreesurya were also incarcerated for duping several investors. The duping included cash and property transactions made by the couple and their agents before they were arrested. Subsequently, Chairman Sameer Joshi was arrested by the Crime Branch’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on October 15, after a month’s delay.
Justice Suryavansi had also dealt with many high-profile criminals under the Maharashtra Control Organized Crimes Act (MCOCA). Sources said that many criminal were externed because of his stern action against criminals.