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NRI, New Jersey doctor was duped Rs 76 lakh by three men to set up Hospital

NRI doctor, SEEMA Rao of New Jersey, USA worked day and night to save money to make a hospital in India. Three men cheated her Rs 76 lakh to buy a plot. in 1997

  • In 1998, after her complaint, police arrested the three men, later released on bail by court and now accused along with their families, have been absconding for five years now.
  • EIGHT YEARS PAST- NO HOSPITAL, NO Rs 76 lakh, and NRI doctor after politicians and police for action .....God bless our democratic system

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NRI doctor moves court on police inaction

Mumbai, February 25, 2006
Mohan Kumar
express India

SEEMA Rao (40), an NRI doctor, is at the end of her tether.

Eight years after the three men who allegedly duped her of Rs 76 lakh and admitted to the offence, the Tardeo police are yet to locate the two absconding accused.

On February 20, the Bombay High Court directed the Tardeo police to file an affidavit explaining the steps they have taken to locate the accused who, along with their families, have been absconding for five years now.

Rao, who even met Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil in January, had moved the high court earlier this month, urging it to direct the police to locate and arrest the accused and flash their photographs on news channels.

In fact, in March 2004, the Girgaum Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court had permitted the Tardeo police to display the absconders’ photographs in newspapers.

Investigating Officer Police Inspector Liyakat Sayyed—he’s now posted at the L T Marg police station—told Newsline that they had published the accuseds’ photographs in Hindi daily Khabre Aajtak.

But Rao, a general physician in New Jersey, USA, wants the photos to be displayed on TV.

According to her—she has visited Mumbai thrice in pursuit of the case—she was duped in 1997 after she mentioned her plans of setting up a hospital in Mumbai to Kerfager Cooper, an acquaintance.

Cooper, a Bayer (India) Ltd employee and Andheri resident, allegedly introduced Rao to Rohinton Patel, a Tardeo resident, and Bomi Rana. He allegedly said they could provide the premises for the hospital.

Rao says she paid them an advance amount of Rs 69 lakh, after which they allegedly showed her a few plots in Mumbai.

After a few more payments, the accused started avoiding Rao, following which, in 1998, she lodged a complaint with the Economic Offences Wing.

In her petition before the high court, Rao says the accused signed an acknowledgement before a lawyer saying they owed her Rs 76 lakh, and issued 18 cheques for some part of the amount. But the cheques bounced and she filed a complaint at the Tardeo police station under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

In November 1998, the Tardeo police filed a first information report and the accused were arrested on charges of breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

They were later released on bail. Since then, Cooper and Patel have been absconding.

Rana is still attending trial at the Dadar Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court. Senior counsel Shrikant Bhat, appearing for Rao, has now urged the court to stay this trial.


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Opinion & Question:

Why Judge released the men on bail?

  • Bail amount must be cash over Rs 50 lakh
  • This is joke for NRI's hard earned money
  • We don't blame the people, we blame the court system, why it took 8 years and cash bail kept so low
  • It is shame for judicial system.

    Dr. Shanta Ram, Chicago

Believe us or not , we like to do so many things for our brothers and sisters in India even ignoring our kid's interest and family.

Actually, now we are worried about our safety, and thinking about this, is judicial system will protect us.

Ashok Sharma, NYC