Suspect in Rs 1-lakh extortion says he was duped of Rs 5 lakh

A complaint of kidnap and extortion of Rs 1 lakh filed by a 40-year-old property dealer from Mumbai has turned around on its face with the main suspect,a Pune-based plywood businessman,claiming it was the former who duped him of Rs 5 lakh.

Written by Megha Sood | Published: April 25, 2013 3:11 am

A complaint of kidnap and extortion of Rs 1 lakh filed by a 40-year-old property dealer from Mumbai has turned around on its face with the main suspect,a Pune-based plywood businessman,claiming it was the former who duped him of Rs 5 lakh.

Property developer Jay Desai had on Monday filed the complaint with Santacruz police against fine men,including the Pune businessman,Mohan Patel. After Crime Branch Unit 9 detained Patel,34,from Pune and handed him over to Santacruz police,he told police Desai had taken Rs 5 lakh from him for shooting an ad film for his plywood products.

Desai had told police four men had barged into his residence and demanded Rs 5 lakh at gunpoint. They assaulted and kidnapped him and took Rs 1 lakh from him,and made him sign an affidavit saying he would pay Rs 4 lakh the next day,he alleged.

On Tuesday evening,when one of the men arrived to take the cash,Crime Branch officers detained him.

Patel had admitted to having sent his associates to recover Rs 5 lakh he had given Desai on Sunday in Pune. Patel and his four associates have been arrested.

Santacruz police said Desai,along with a model and a woman photographer,had met Patel at JW Marriott in Pune. Desai sent a man to prepare an agreement of the deal. In the middle of the discussion,Desai received a call and left,along with Rs 5 lakh Patel had paid,telling Patel he would be back,police said. After waiting for an hour,the model and photographer also left. Desai did not return.

Patel told police that at night,Desai sent him an SMS saying he would return the money.

“In the morning Patel called Desai who told him he had Rs 3.5 lakh and would return the rest within a day. Patel sent his associates to Mumbai to recover the cash,” said an officer from Santacruz police station.

“We arrested Patel and his associates and are conducting inquiries,” said Arun Chavan,senior police inspector,Santacruz. The allegations against Desai are also being probed,Chavan said.

Twist in the tale

Property developer Jay Desai filed a complaint with Santacruz police Monday against five men,including Pune businessman

Mohan Patel

Patel,34,was detained and handed over to Santacruz police. He told police Desai had taken Rs 5 lakh from him for shooting an ad film for his plywood products

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