The Delhi Police’s Special Cell have detained two persons for their alleged connection to a gang of impostors, who tried to extort money from businessmen by pretending to be officers of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
According to sources, the members of the gang sent fake summons, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), to the businessmen and later tried to extort money by threatening to book them on charges of money laundering.
The gang operated across multiple states, said police sources. Police teams have already conducted raids in Kolkata and Delhi in connection with the extortion racket and detained two suspects. The case was registered on the basis of a police complaint by Kamal Singh, assistant director in the ED, whose signature was forged by the impostors on the fake summons, said sources.
“Singh told police that on August 26, Girish Bali, joint director in the ED, asked him about a summons issued to a Kolkata-based businessman. The summons was apparently issued by Singh. However, when Singh saw the summons, he realised that someone had forged his signature as well as his official stamp,” said sources.
Two days later, Singh received a phone call from a journalist, who also asked him about the same summons.
“The journalist, who was known to the businessman, told the latter that the summons was fake, and advised him to visit the ED office in Delhi to clear up the issue,” said sources.
Singh received a similar complaint soon when another Kolkata-based businessman approached him and showed him a summons with the ED officer’s “signature”, said sources. ‘The businessman said that days before his visit to the ED office, he had received a call from a person who claimed to be Kamal Singh and told him to cancel his visit, said sources.
However, the businessman realised something was wrong, and decided to go ahead with his visit.
“After his meetings with the two businessmen, Singh filed a police complaint, saying the summons were forged and the impostors had faked his signature. He urged Delhi Police to take legal action in the matter. A case was registered at the Tughlaq Road police station and police started their investigation,” said sources.
The investigation in the case was later transferred to the Special Cell, said sources. When contacted, Special Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Arvind Deep refused to comment on the case.