The Delhi Police arrested a man accused of duping former Chief Justice of India Justice RM Lodha of Rs 1 Lakh. The accused, Dinesh Mali, was nabbed from Udaipur on June 7. An ATM card through which he withdrew the cheated amount has also been recovered. His associate, Mukesh, is absconding, police said, adding efforts are on to arrest him as well.
Justice Lodha had earlier approached the police, informing them that he was duped of Rs 1 lakh by a man who accessed his friend’s email account and sent him an email seeking money for medical treatment.
In the FIR, Justice Lodha had said that he received an email from his friend, Justice B P Singh, a former Supreme Court judge. “I have been regularly corresponding with Justice B P Singh on arbitration matters. In the said email, I was requested for some urgent help and got back to him on email, as he was unavailable over the phone. When I responded via email asking him to tell me what the matter was, I received another email stating that his cousin was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia,” the FIR read.
The email further asked Justice Lodha to send “Rs 95,000 or Rs 1 lakh” to a surgeon’s bank account, details of which were sent to him. Justice Lodha transferred Rs 1 lakh in two installments of Rs 50,000 each to an account held by a man named Dinesh Bali.
After the transaction was done, Justice Lodha realised that his friend’s e-mail account had been hacked, following which he approached the police. A police team was sent to Udaipur to verify the details of the alleged account holder from SBI bank in which the amount was transferred. CCTV footage of the ATM kiosk from where the amount was withdrawn was also examined. The police have also sent a request to Gmail to provide details of the person who created the alleged fake email address.