A youth, who claimed to have contacts with the top wrung of a political party from Gujarat, allegedly cheated a Pune-based person of Rs 5 lakh by promising to secure his son’s place in the Gujarat cricket team for the Ranji Trophy.
Pratap Jadhav (47), resident of Pisoli in Haveli taluka, lodged the complaint in this case at the Wanavdi police station. Police have accordingly booked one Rahul Mukeshkumar Goyal (21), who claimed to be a resident of Muzzafar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
Police said that Jadhav’s son, Prem, plays cricket for the Mumbai Cricket Association and is a part of its under-19 team. Police said that Jadhav happened to meet Goyal through a common friend sometime around April in 2014. Goyal allegedly told Jadhav that he had good contacts with politicians, including the national president of a political party.
He then promised to use his political contacts to include Prem’s name in the Gujarat cricket team. Goyal allegedly demanded money from Jadhav for getting this done. Accordingly, Jadhav allegedly gave Rs 5 lakh to Goyal during a meeting at a hotel in Fatima Nagar area in April 2015.
Police said that Goyal did not fulfill his promise. So Jadhav kept on calling Goyal and demanded his money back. However, he neither got the money nor was his son’s name included in the Gujarat cricket team. So Jadhav finally approached the police and filed a complaint against Goyal.
Police inspector D N Dhole of Wanavdi police station is investigating the case. Police have not been able to trace Goyal yet. When contacted, sub inspector Dhole said that search is on for Goyal. “He falsely claimed to have strong political links. He used to wear stylish clothes and spoke in such a way that Jadhav started believing him,” Dhole said.