Aides of man who posed as top CBI officer arrested

The accused have been charged with obtaining SIM cards under fake identities. Amit has already been arrested.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2013 2:46 am

Three associates of property dealer Amit Aggarwal,who had impersonated a top CBI officer and tried to pressure the Additional Director General of Foreign Trade to renew the export licence of a private firm,have been arrested by the Crime Branch.

The accused have been charged with obtaining SIM cards under fake identities. Amit has already been arrested.

The three men have been identified as Punit Kataria (25),Dilip Kumar (25) and Mahender Singh (32). Police said they had recovered fake SIM cards,mobile phones and other incriminating material from them.

“Punit had conspired with Amit and procured a SIM card on the identity and photograph of another person. Mahender,the owner of a mobile shop,had collected fake documents from Punit and helped him obtain a new mobile phone connection without proper verification,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.

Police said Dilip,who worked for a private telecom in one of their verification teams,had provided the documents to Punit on the basis of which a SIM card was procured.

“The SIM card obtained with fake documents was used by Amit while he posed as a CBI officer. Police will take strict action against the mobile phone dealers who issued new connections on fake documents and without following the mandatory steps regarding proper verification,” Yadav said.

Police said issuing mobile phones and numbers on fake identification was a huge national security threat and the process was often used by anti-national elements,such as terrorists,to their advantage.

Amit had allegedly called the Additional DG of Foreign Trade and had insisted that he renew the export licence of an import/export company of Jhandewalan. He had told police that had been influenced by a Bollywood film which portrayed a group of people posing as CBI officers executing a heist.

Amit had also impersonated as CBI’s Joint Director and threatened the senior officials of a real estate company to pay Rs 60 lakh each for two plots to parties who had,in 2005,deposited Rs 9 lakh for them.

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