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Address mix-up brings $5,000 to Nirupam door

Barely a week after he emerged victorious in the Mumbai North constituency,Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam fielded a minor controversy on Thursday after a man landed at his doorstep to deliver $5,000.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
May 22, 2009 2:26:25 am

Barely a week after he emerged victorious in the Mumbai North constituency,Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam fielded a minor controversy on Thursday after a man landed at his doorstep to deliver $5,000. It was later revealed that the man was from a foreign exchange company and had meant to deliver the money at the house of a businessman who stayed in one of the upper floors of the same building.

“On Thursday morning,a man turned up at Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam’s flat at Beverly Park in Versova with $5000 and claimed that he had come to deliver the cash. While Nirupam was not at home then,his shocked wife Geeta immediately informed him about the delivery and eventually summoned the police. We detained the man and seized his bag containing $5000 and Rs 4.83 lakh. He claimed to be working for Oscar Foreign Exchange company and also possessed documents authorising him as the same,” said senior police inspector Suresh J Nalavade of the Versova police.

According to police officials,the man,Sattar Abu Bhai Khatri,claimed that he had gone to deliver the money at the house of a merchant who was scheduled to leave for Malaysia and hence had requested for the currency to be delivered at his house.

“The address that Khatri had been told to deliver the cash mentioned ‘Nirupam wala building’ as a landmark,but that ended up being the cause of all confusion. Khatri kept trying to call the trader for whom the foreign exchange was meant,but couldn’t reach him.”

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Incidentally,the trader was also not at home and it appears that he had not told his wife that he had requested for the cash to be delivered. His wife had,therefore,refused to take the money and when Khatri told her that he had been asked to deliver the money at the building where Nirupam stays,she had directed him to Nirupam’s flat,” said Nalavade.

“The businessman has verified that he had asked for the cash to be delivered at his house and Khatri’s company officials also came to the police station. However as we had found him with foreign currency,we had to deal with the case carefully and hence arrested him till we could verify his credentials,” said Nalavade.

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