HC raps Pune cops for shoddy probe

Businessman who files cheating plaint has been booked for extortion

Businessman Vinit Grover has been fighting for justice for the past three years. Having being cheated by his friend Ketan Shah and the financial irregularity even getting a Bank of Maharashtra Assistant General Manager (AGM) slapped with suspension notice, the culprit is still at large and the Bombay High Court has pulled up the Pune Crime Branch for shoddy investigation.

Vinit Grover and his wife Riddhima

Vinit Grover and his wife Riddhima

Speaking to TGS, Grover said, “I had taken a loan of Rs 3.3 crore from Bank of Maharashtra in 2013 for business purpose. My friend Shah who has helped me get the bank loan had used a fake quotation in the name of 56 Blue Lights Company instead of the genuine Sam Associates and diverted the loan amount. I had availed of the fund to expand my father’s business but Shah, his friend Devendra Parekh and the bank branch’s AGM Ajit Gokhale used my fake signature and cheated me. I want the case to be handed over to CBI. The Pune police that are handling the case has made me (complainant) the accused now. Myself and my family are helpless and are living under severe mental stress.”

Grover said that he has written several times to the Pune Police

 Commissionerate to transfer the case to CBI and awaiting a positive response. “And imagine that the police arrested me and my wife in an extortion case,” he said.
 Grover’s wife Riddhima said that Shah is a good friend of my husband. “But he cheated us by using fake signature and stamp. The loan amount was thus transferred to another name and now Shah is at large. My husband is the first complainant and now we are being put on the wrong side of the law. With the support of the now suspended Bank of Maharashtra AGM Ajit Gokhale, we are accused of extortion and are seeking justice.”

Grover’s friend Durgesh Pardeshi said that the police are not willing to file a writ petition. The main complainant’s advocate Debajyoti Talukdar said that the Bombay High Court has criticised the Pune police for their shoddy probe.

The officers investigating the case said that the probe is going in the right direction.


Originally published on The Golden Sparrow

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