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Chargesheets in shoe scam filed

Sadruddin daya coming out of the Esplanade court after the Economic Offences Wing filed chargesheet against him and 27 other accused in the...

Sadruddin daya coming out of the Esplanade court after the Economic Offences Wing filed chargesheet against him and 27 other accused in the shoe scam.

July 16: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police today filed seven charge-sheets against 28 accused in the Rs 1,200-crore cobbler scam at the 37th metropolitan court.

Apart from Sadruddin Daya, the prime accused in the scam and former sheriff of Mumbai, his wife Shauheen, two international banks and five co-operative banks have also been charge-sheeted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The charge-sheets were filed before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Sharad N Chimade.

Surprisingly, Rafique Tejani of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes and Abu Asim Azmi of Citywalk Shoes have not been charge-sheeted. EOW officials said the role of the three companies in the scam was still being investigated.

Others who have been charge-sheeted are: Anwar Merchant, Salim Merchant, Abdul Memon, Bashir Inamdar, M Z Kerawala, V V Chandy, Arshad Wahedna, B B Trivedi, R Krishnan, D K Sabawala, S Yogeshwaran and R V Bhatt, M G Ramakrishnan, V P Khurana, S N Gokhale, T A Khan, Manohar Surve, Siddique, P K Sukhtankar, D J Raikar, N J Ghotage, D N Kamath, P P Deshmukh, V N Dalal, J P Shah and Siddharth Shirali. Among the banks named in the charge-sheets are the Bank of Oman International, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, Bank of Baroda, Shamrao Vithal Co-operative Bank, Bombay Mercantile Co-operative Bank and the Dena Bank.

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Special public prosecutor P R Namjoshi told the court that the EOW is preparing 26 sets of the charge-sheets to be given to the accused. He requested the magistrate to grant prosecution six weeks’ time to furnish the same. His request was granted.

The sections of IPC included in the charge-sheets cover criminal conspiracy, forgery, preparing and using duplicate documents for financial benefits, criminal breach of trust, cheating, jumping bail limits, fraudulently setting up fake co-operative societies and making money.

All the accused in the cobbler scam are alleged to have formed several fake leather co-operative societies and collected loans from various banks to the tune of several crores. About 11,500 non-existent cobblers were enrolled with these societies.

First published on: 17-07-1997 at 00:00 IST
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