Wives of Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, former promoters of Ranbaxy, Fortis, Religare Enterprises currently in jail, said they have paid large sums of money to conmen to secure bail for their husbands. The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police has registered two FIRs based on complaints by Aditi and Japna Singh, The Economic Times reported.
Both brothers have been in Delhi's Tihar jail since October 2019 in a case related to alleged diversion of funds worth Rs 2,397 crore from Religare Finvest and its parent company Religare Enterprises.
Cashing in on the situation, conmen posing as high-level government functionaries reached out to Shivinder's wife Aditi and Malvinder's wife Japna, claiming they could secure bails for the jailed brothers.
After media reports emerged that Aditi was cheated of several crores of rupees by one Sukesh Chandrasekhar, Malvinder's wife Japna said she also had been conned of crores of rupees. Aditi Singh allegedly paid Rs 200 crore to Chandrasekhar and his associates, the report said.
"She (Aditi Singh) reported that she received a call in June 2020, on her mobile phone and in which the caller introduced himself as a senior officer in the Ministry of Law and proposed to help her in securing bail for her husband." Additional Commissioner in the EOW of Delhi Police RK Singh said in an official statement last week.
R K Singh said Chandrashekar is the mastermind and had copied the ministry’s landline numbers using a software to make the victim believe the call came from the ministry.
The police arrested three in connection with Aditi Singh's complaint - Komal Poddar, manager of RBL Bank in Connaught Place, and his two associates, Avinash Kumar and Jitender Narula.
According to reports, Japa Singh told the police that she had transferred a total of Rs 3.5 crore to a Hong Kong-based account on July 28, 29, 30, and August 6, the Economic Times reported, citing the FIR. She also shared proof of the transactions with the police.