A team of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the UT Police has busted a gang of employees of Berkeley Automobiles Limited, Industrial Area Phase I. Three persons were arrested. They were involved in providing cars to customers who wanted cars to be delivered out of turn by preparing forged documents like fake insurance cover notes and temporary registration numbers.
Explaining the modus operandi adopted by the accused, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) CID, Anil Joshi said, "The accused contacted persons who wanted to buy cars by paying money more than the showroom prices of cars to get the deliveries out of turn. They then prepared all required fake documents including the insurance covers, fake registration papers etc and provided car to them after taking an amount between Rs 50,000 to one lakh in each car delivery case".
The DSP said that the fraud came to light when a person approached the UT Police stating that he is not able to get the registration for his car.
The accused had adopted the strategy of transferring the amounts of the actual customers to the accounts of other customers for fulfilling the required formalities of the company. The Data Management System (online) of the company was used to prepare bills in the names of actual customers who had actually booked the vehicle. The accused then managed to change the name of the applicant to those persons who had allegedly paid the black money in manual billing.
The accused also prepared all the required documents for the alleged black money paid by the customer without his knowledge. But when the customer goes to the registration authority for registering his car, he would came to realise that all the papers were fake and did not stand against his name.
The persons arrested include Vikrant Thakur (30) who was working in Berkeley Company for seven years as a Sales Executive. He has been remanded to one day of police custody by the court. Reportedly, the accused also got the best Sales Executive Medal thrice. Pankaj Sharma (24), a resident of Manimajra, who had been working as a Sales Executive and Sukhwinder Kanth, Assistant General Manager, Berkeley Automobiles Ltd., Chandigarh have also been arrested.
The police officials state the involvement of more persons. So far, five cases have been detected by the CID.
Sanjay Dahuja, director of Berkley said, "I had lodged an FIR with the police about five back. The police has falsely arrested Sukhwinder Bains who is a faithful employee of the company. The complaint was against Vikrant and a few customers. The customers have not been arrested".
He added that the police has given a one sided statement to defame the company. He said that Sukhwinder had helped the police in arranging the witnesses but they have booked him in the case.
The first car which was booked in the name of Sarabjit Singh, resident of Village Dapper was delivered to Abhineet Garg. After preparing forged documents (insurance cover note and temporary registration numbers), an amount of Rs 60,000 was taken.
The second car was booked in the name of Baljit Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, and was delivered to Neetu Gupta of Panchkula, Haryana after preparing forged documents. Cash of Rs 50,000 was taken.
The third car was booked in the name of Avtar Singh, a resident of Chandigarh, which was delivered to Gursewak Singh after preparing with an amount of Rs 50,000 as black amount.
The fourth car was booked in the name of Arun Kumar Kaushik of Panchkula, delivered to Munish Rajanwal with black amount of Rs 60,000.
The fifth car was booked and delivered to Gursharn Singh, but the actual amount against the car was deposited in company account of other customers and without any receipt. A sum of Rs 70,000 was involved. source