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NRI has cheated hotel, hospital, car dealers’

Pune, March 1,2006
Express News Service

NON-RESIDENT Indian Aniruddh N Mani (28) was arrested by the Bund Garden police in a cheating case on Tuesday.

Inspector Mahendra Pardeshi from Bund Garden police station said Ashutosh Chandrakant Kulkarni, general manager of Seasons Service company had lodged a complaint alleging that a cheque issued by Mani as rent for a flat taken on lease from the company had been dishonoured.

The firm provides apartments on rent. Kulkarni alleged that Mani had availed the services of the company to take flats on lease in Koregaon Park for himself and two other persons between February 11 and February 27.

Mani, who was required to pay Rs 72,000 to the company, issued a cheque of Rs 80,000 which was dishonoured when deposited. Mani and his aged grandmother Shanta Narayan Swamy were living at the rented apartment.

Investigations have revealed that Mani was involved in duping some hotels, car dealers and hospitals in the city.

According to Pardeshi, Mani had stayed at Hotel Sun-n-Sand on Bund Garden Road on February 16 and 17. He allegedly issued a cheque of over Rs two lakh to the hotel saying that he was going to stay for a month. He was asked to leave when the cheque bounced.

Mani had also issued cheques of Rs 41 lakh and Rs 16 lakh to car dealers for a Pajero and a Sonata which also bounced. The cars were not delivered to Mani.

He admitted his grandmother to a private hospital in Kothrud last month and the cheque of Rs 30,000 he issued to settle the bills too bounced, said Pardeshi. Mani has been remanded to police custody till March 5 and his passport has been seized. He is being questioned for details.


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