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Cruise Drug Case: Kiran Gosavi sent to police remand till November 5

Gosavi had allegedly cheated a then 20-year-old boy of Rs 3 lakh by promising him a job in Malaysia. The boy, Chinmay Deshmukh (now 24), reached Malaysia to find that there was no job and his tourist visa was only for a short duration.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: October 29, 2021 8:10:56 am
Kiran Gosavi was brought to Crime Branch office at Pune Police Commissionaire soon after his arrest.(Express Photo by Pavan Khengre)

Pune City Police on Thursday arrested Kiran Gosavi (37), the self-styled detective cited as an “independent witness” by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drugs-on-cruise case which had led to the arrest of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. Gosavi is a wanted accused in a 2018 cheating case lodged in Faraskhana police station in the city.

Earlier in October, even as Pune Police said they had launched a search for him after his selfie with Aryan went viral, Gosavi had interacted with media persons at different locations, saying he would surrender. But police claimed that he did not surrender and was instead nabbed from a lodge in Katraj area at 3.30 am on Thursday by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch. He was arrested after the completion of legal formalities.

“Gosavi was absconding in a cheating case and he was chargesheeted in 2019. Recently, his photograph went viral on social media. We had dispatched several teams to look for him and he was nabbed by our team from one of the lodges in Katraj area of Pune. We are arresting him now and we will complete the procedure,” Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said at a press conference on Thursday.

Hours later, in submissions made before a city court, Pune Police said Gosavi was a “notorious job racketeer” who may have cheated several unemployed young men on false assurances of providing them jobs in foreign countries. Chinmay Deshmukh (24), a resident of Kasba Peth in Pune, had lodged the first information report against Gosavi in the cheating case at Faraskhana police station on May 29, 2018.

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According to the FIR, Gosavi had posted an advertisement about hotel management jobs on social media platforms, over which Deshmukh got in touch with him. Gosavi allegedly assured Deshmukh about providing a job at a hotel in Malaysia and then asked him to transfer Rs 3.09 lakh to a bank account, citing various reasons, between November 2017 and March 2018.

However, Gosavi neither offered a job to Deshmukh nor returned the money. Based on Deshmukh’s complaint, police had booked Gosavi in this case under sections 419 and 420 (pertaining to cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Information Technology Act.

According to police, Gosavi had allegedly produced fake documents for procuring the SIM card he was using currently. He had allegedly also opened a bank account with a fake signature. Police have also invoked sections 465 and 468 (pertaining to forgery) of IPC in this case.

After questions were raised about Gosavi’s presence at the NCB’s cruise ship raid, Pune City Police had issued a look-out circular against him on October 13, to prevent his escape from the country. Police then arrested his former assistant Sherbano Qureshi (27) from Govandi in Mumbai on October 18, alleging that money in the 2018 cheating case was transferred into her bank account.

In a video released by Gosavi before his arrest, he sought probe into the phone calls made by Prabhakar Sail, another NCB witness in the cruise ship raid case.

In the two-minute video, Gosavi, speaking in Marathi, denied the allegations made by Sail, who had claimed that he heard Gosavi say that Rs 8 crore would have to be given to Sameer Wankhede, NCB’s Mumbai-based zonal director. Wankhede has also refuted the allegations.

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