The Central Bureau of Investigation-Anti Corruption Bureau (CBI-ACB) on Monday said six more persons,who were allegedly duped by Paresh Thakur (32) on the pretext of offering them jobs in the central government,have approached them. Paresh,the son of Amravati divisional commissioner Ganesh Thakur,was produced before additional chief judicial magistrate V K Yawalkar,after his CBI custody expired on Monday.
CBI special prosecutor Vivek Saxena urged the court to extend Thakurs custody for a week citing that they wanted to go to Mumbai,Nashik and Sangli to investigate about Thakurs co-conspirators.
Thakurs lawyer,Deepak Shamdire,opposed this,stating that he himself was a victim of the scam. Thakur has been in CBI-ACB custody for four days and he is ready to attend the CBI interrogation on a daily basis, he said. However,the court extended Thakurs custody till June 1.
Thakur,a resident of Kothrud,was arrested for allegedly posing as director of Maharashtra State Krishi Vikas Shilpa Kendra and duping several people by taking money from them after promising to appoint them as directors of the Kendra in various districts in the state.
Dr Prasad Prabhakar Sonawane from Nashik had lodged a complaint in this regard.
The Kendra was banned by the Government of India as it was allegedly cheating people by impersonating as a government organisation,using the letter heads with National Emblem and fetching money from victims on the false pretext of providing them with government jobs.
Sonawane was offered the job of district director against payment of Rs 20 lakh as processing fee.