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EOW arrests two fraudsters for cheating crores of rupees impersonating as RAW, IAS officer

The complainant alleged that the accused Rajesh Gahlot, Surya Mani Tripathy and Amit Kumar by entering into a criminal conspiracy with another accused had cheated the complainant and his son with the help of another lady who impersonated as Treasury Officer in respect of Rs.1.17crores on the pretext of arranging work orders for them in Works Department of Odisha government.

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Bhubaneswar: Economic Offences Wing, Bhubaneswar has arrested two fraudsters impersonating themselves as RAW, IAS and PWD officers.
These two fraudsters had cheated a father and his son of Rs 1.17 crore on the pretext of providing them contracts in the Public Works department of the Odisha government.

EOW sources here today said Surymani Tripathy and Amit Kumar, the fraudsters were arrested from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar respectively yesterday on the basis of a complainant filed by oneRikab Chand Munot @ Mukesh Jain, Proprietor of M/s Rashtriya Stainless Steel, Jindal House, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi.

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They are being forwarded to the court of SDJM, Bhubaneswar today.

The complainant alleged that the accused Rajesh Gahlot, Surya Mani Tripathy and Amit Kumar by entering into a criminal conspiracy with another accused had cheated the complainant and his son with
the help of another lady who impersonated as Treasury Officer in respect of Rs.1.17crores on the pretext of arranging work orders for them in Works Department of Odisha government.

Rika Chand Munot @ Mukesh Jain is the Proprietor of M/s Rashtriya Stainless Steel,1/9-B, Jindal House, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi – 110002.
He has a Branch Office at Kalinganagar, Bhubaneswar, the Proprietor of which was his son Akshay Munot @ Jain.

In 2017, the complainant through one of his friends came in contact with Rajesh who introduced himself as an officer of RAW having many IAS officers in Odisha as his friends.

He subsequently introduced the Complainant and his son Akshay to accused Suryamani Tripathyat Odisha Niwas, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi as an IAS Officer, posted as Addl. Secretary to Government of Odisha in the Public Works Department.

They both assured the complainant and his son to help them in getting high-value government contracts under “Pradhan Mantri Yojana” in Odisha.

Subsequently, in January 2018, being called upon by Suryamani Tripathy for executing an agreement with PWD, the complainant and his son came to the office of EIC, Nirman Soudha, Bhubaneswar, where, one accused Amit was introduced to them by Mr Tripathy as an Engineer working with PWD.

Both Suryamani and Amit took the complainant and his son to Bhubaneswar Court and prepared agreements and got the agreement papers purportedly signed by Assistant Engineer, O/o EIC (Civil), Nirman Soudha, Bhubaneswar and took the signature of Akshay Munot on behalf of Rashtriya Stainless Steel and also got the agreement papers notarized.

In March-2018, Suryamani and Amit called the complainant and his son to Bhubaneswar and asked them to deposit a sum of Rs.25 lakhs in the Treasury for registering their firm for issuance of the work order.

Being persuaded by them, the complainant accompanied both the accused to the premises of Government Treasury, at Odisha Assembly Campus, and paid cash of Rs.25 lakhs to one lady at
the instance of the accused person.

Suryamani collected a treasury receipt in respect of Rs.25 lakhs and handed over the same to the Complainant.

Subsequently, Suryamani handed over two work orders to the complainant, purportedly issued by Asst. Engineer, O/o EIC(Civil) Nirman Soudha, BBSR for the contract value of Rs.7 crore on
March 15, 2018.

Again on August 21, 2018, two work orders having contract value of Rs.32.52 crores and Rs.47.52crores were also issued .

These accused persons went on collecting money under different pleas/pretexts to expedite the process.

Suryamani also handed over a fake letter, purportedly signed by Accounts Officer O/o EIC (Civil), Nirman Soudha, Bhubaneswar addressed to Branch Manager, Axis Bank, Unit-IV, Bhubaneswar requesting to transfer an amount of Rs.1.52 crores & Rs.3.16 crores (i.e. totalling to Rs.4.68 cores) towards the 20 per cent advance against the work order to the account of M/s Rashtriya Stainless
Steel, Bhubaneswar maintained with SBI, Axis Bank, Unit-IV, BBSR branch and insisted the complainant to sign on Money receipts against receipt of above money .

Accordingly, the son of the complainant gave two money receipts of 4.68 crores but no amount was transferred to his Account.

When no work was assigned, the complainant started doubting the conduct of the accused persons and sought information under RTI about the accused persons and the work order given to them and came to know that all the documents including the Treasury Receipt are fake and so also the identity of the accused persons.

Suryamani Tripathy has been working as a clerk in the office of the Directorate of Technical Education & Training), Cuttack, whereas Amit Kumar is unemployed.

Fake work orders, agreements, treasury receipts have been seized. It is suspected that the accused might have cheated many other persons too.
They used to use the Odisha Niwas, New Delhi to make any deal to gain the trust of the complainant.

Also, the accused has saved the mobile numbers of senior IAS, IPS/, OAS officers, Judges to impress the complainant/another party.

Investigation of the case is continuing to identify and nab the other accused persons involved in this case and in similar kinds of frauds.

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