Months after a freelance journalist was arrested for allegedly posing as the personal assistant of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Delhi Police are gearing up to file a chargesheet in the case.
The accused, identified as Bhupendra Prasad Gaur, is a former employee of a Hindi news channel, Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Parmaditya told The Indian Express. Gaur allegedly called up various prominent schools in the city and asked them to admit certain children in their nursery classes.
Police have recovered Rs 10 lakh from Gaur’s possession and they are likely to file a chargesheet soon, said sources. Gaur is currently in judicial custody.
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On May 10, Delhi Police had registered an FIR after they received a complaint from C Arvind, an official of the Delhi Secretariat. He told police that they had received complaints from the principals of Modern School in Vasant Vihar and Montfort School in Ashok Vihar.
“The complainant told police that the caller had claimed to be Upendra Kumar, Sisodia’s personal assistant. The schools informed the investigators that ‘Kumar’ had called them twice — from a landline and a mobile number — and also sent them several text messages. When the school authorities approached the Delhi Secretariat, they found an official named Upendra, but he had no connection with Sisodia’s office,” said a senior police officer.
While going through the text messages sent to the school principals, police realised that they had been sent from four different mobile phones, all of which were registered in Gaur’s name.
“He was detained from his residence in Noida and arrested later. Investigation has revealed that he had managed to procure two seats in a prominent private school of central Delhi. He took Rs 10 lakh as payment from the father of the children,” added the officer.
Police have seized his mobile phones, which contain text conversations between him and parents of the children, said sources. “During questioning, he claimed his friends had approached him and he had merely helped procure those seats for their children,” said the officer.