A Mohali jeweller has submitted a complaint to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) in Chandigarh alleging that a Panchkula resident duped him of Rs 19 crore on the pretext of getting diamonds at cheaper price from Belgium.
Police have registered a case and started investigations. The police said Vikas Walia, a resident of Phase 1, Mohali and the owner of Anmol Jewellers, alleged that Ashok Mittal, a Pachkula resident, had assured him of having diamond manufacturing units at Belgium from where he could get diamonds imported at 25 per cent less rate than what is available in the market.
The police said the complainant said neither the diamonds were provided nor the money was returned by the accused.
“The alleged person received Rs 19 crore from complainant through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system on the pretext of getting diamonds at 25 per cent less price than the market. But neither the diamonds were provided nor the money was returned,” the police said in a statement, adding that the accused person also obtained the passport of the complainant by assuring him to provide visa for going to Belgium. The passport was also not returned.
The police said after the complaint, an FIR Under section 420, 467, 468, 471 of Indian Penal Code has been registered in police station 17 and the case is under investigation.
Vikas Walia told Chandigarh Newsline that the accused last year had initially promised him to do a joint business for which he paid Rs 19 crore. “I knew him from chit fund and kitty business. He came up with an idea that he can provide me diamonds at 25 per cent less rates than the market,” he said, adding that he took a loan of Rs 10 crore from the bank for this business.
Walia added, “I thought it is a good business opportunity that if i get cheaper diamonds from overseas, I can make good benefits. Last year, he had made me spoke to a person in Belgium who told me if we can go there and check the consignment. He (Mittal) took my passport for a visa.”
He maintained that the accused has not returned the amount so far. “He (Mittal) has not returned my money yet and instead he made a fake agreement that we don’t have any dealings,” Walia said, adding that he registered a complaint with the police on Friday.