Investigating a Rs 1.25-crore robbery on September 8 in Delhi’s Kamla Market, police have found that the money belonged to R S Rungta, a director in Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd (JIPL), who is on trial in the coal block allocation case. Rungta’s driver is among seven arrested for the robbery, police said Thursday.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Central range) S K Gautam confirmed Rungta was the target in the robbery.
Police sources said Rungta initially claimed that he lost Rs 15 lakh. But he later said the exact amount was Rs 1.25 crore, something mentioned in the FIR.
“The complainant (Rungta’s employee Prabhay Mahto who had brought the money) told police that Rungta had asked his associate, based in Jharkhand, to send a parcel to him as he was closing a land deal in Gurgaon,” police sources said.
In the last coal allocation case hearing on September 9, Rungta had sought exemption from personal appearance which the court had allowed. Rungta now has to appear in court on September 15. He is a director of the accused firm JIPL in the coal block allocation case involving the North Dhadu block in Jharkhand.
R S Rungta and co-director R C Rungta are facing trial on charges of alleged offences under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 467 (forgery of a valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 420 (cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).
The special court is currently recording prosecution evidence in the case. On March 16, the court had framed charges against the accused persons and began recording prosecution evidence from June 3.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Parmaditya said the incident took place Tuesday evening after the suspects, posing as policemen and wearing uniforms, abducted the employees of the businessman and robbed Rs 1.25 crore.
“After the robbery, three employees of the businessman contacted police and an FIR was registered at Kamla Market police station” he said.
At least 10 teams were formed to investigate the robbery. “During investigation, police questioned all the employees of the businessman and they suspected the role of Rungta’s driver Sunil Purti because he was carrying several cellphones during the time of the incident. Purti;s monthly salary was Rs 14,000 but he had a lavish lifestyle,” a senior police officer said. On sustained questioning, Purti confessed, police claimed.
DCP Parmaditya said information provided by Purti led to the arrest of Naresh Kumar Sharma, Beant Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Ashok, Shraddha and Sudesh. Further questioning led to the recovery of Rs 1.24 crore cash, a countrymade pistol, a revolver, wireless set, police uniform and vehicles used by the accused in the robbery.
“Purti told police that he knew about the transfer of large amounts and hatched a robbery plan with Shraddha. They later brought in more men to execute the plan. They assembled at New Delhi railway station on the day of the incident, waiting for Prabhay Mahto, Rungta’s employee, who was to reach Delhi with the money. Mahto met two other employees at the railway station and they boarded a vehicle, driven by Purti, to deliver the money,” an officer said.
“When the vehicle reached Tagore Road, a man wearing a police uniform stopped it and entered the vehicle. Two other men got in. The employees were pushed out near the Geeta Colony flyover and the trio fled in the vehicle with Rs 1.25 crore. After the robbery, the suspects abandoned the vehicle in a parking lot near the Old Delhi railway station and left in separate autorickshaws for South Delhi where they divided the loot,” the officer said.