Man wanted in ’02 extortion case held

The Anti Extortion Cell of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday arrested an accused wanted in connection with an extortion case registered in 2002.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 4, 2012 1:05:35 am

The Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday arrested an accused wanted in connection with an extortion case registered in 2002.

The accused,identified as Vijay Warkar,was one of the four men who had been arrested by the Juhu police on February 25,2007.

The police had alleged that the four men were on their way to murder builder Rashmikant Shah,owner of the Vijay Group.

A few days after these four accused were arrested,the police arrested builder Rajendra Chaturvedi — managing director of Shreepati Builders — along with an alleged godman Baba Udaynath Maharaj. The police alleged that the duo had hired the four men to kill Shah.

Chaturvedi and Shah were allegedly involved in a dispute arising regarding a Rs 500 crore redevelopment project at Abhyuday Nagar,Kalachowkie.

However,the case fell apart after Chaturvedi was released on bail. Chaturvedi alleged that the police had framed him falsely in the case.

The State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was then entrusted with the probe,which found that the case was a false one.

“Warkar has now been arrested in an extortion case registered in 2002,in which six or seven accused have already been arrested. Warkar,along with Chhota Rajan,were wanted in the case. The case pertains to an extortion demand of Rs 15 lakh being made to a builder by the accused at the behest of Rajan,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti said.

Warkar has been remanded in police custody till April 7.

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