Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Friday busted an extortion racket and arrested 10 people, who allegedly pretended to be officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and issued fake summons to Kolkata-based businessmen.
Police said that two Kolkata-based businessman had received “summons” from the ED, asking them to join an investigation into allegations of money laundering and extortion against them.
DCP, Special Cell, Sanjeev Yadav said the racket came to light when the two businessmen approached the ED office in New Delhi.
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A case was registered in Tuglaq Road police station, and was later transferred to the Special Cell.
The case was registered on the basis of a police complaint by an assistant director in the ED, whose signature was forged by the impostors on the fake summons, said sources.
Two persons from Kolkata, Kalyan Shukla and Gaurav Pradhan, were earlier arrested for trying to extort Rs 5 crore from the businessmen.
The alleged kingpin of the gang, Alex Joseph, was arrested from Delhi.
Joseph had earlier been arrested for allegedly importing 500 luxury cars from Dubai as second-hand vehicles and evading an import duty of over Rs 200 crore, the DCP said.
Police teams have seized several “incriminating material, including fake ED summons” from the accused.