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Man arrested for duping over 2,000 people by using pics of PM, govt dept

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A man was arrested for allegedly using pictures of and a government department to promote his organisation and duping over 2,000 people to the tune of over Rs 3 crore on the pretext of providing cheap houses under the Pradhan Awas Yojana, police said Thursday.

The accused has been identified as Rajinder Kumar Tripathi, 57, a resident of Faridabad, they said.

Tripathi also duped four other companies to the tune of Rs 1 crore on the pretext of inviting tenders for organising Rashtriya Awas Divas for promotion of the Pradhan Awas Yojana, police said.

According to officials, they received a complaint from the where they alleged that the of the Development Organisation (NHDO) was unauthorisedly publishing official photographs of the government departments on its website to promote his organisation with malafide intention.

The accused used picture of the and logo of the to promote his organisation and dupe people on the pretension that NHDO was a government organisation under the ministry, police said.

The complainant further alleged that the ministry had received a complaint along with a forged letter dated February 9, 2017, allegedly written by of NHDO, in which NHDO was projected as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, AK Singla, of Police (Crime) said.

Simultaneously, another complaint was also received from Ltd regarding siphoning off the money taken by the of NHDO on the pretext of inviting tenders for organising Rashtriya Awas Divas for promotion of Pradhan Awas Yojana, the said.

Thereafter, three other companies also came forward with similar allegations and filed their complaints with police, the added.

Two being maintained at branch of the was freezed, the said.

During interrogation, it was revealed that Tripathi moved from to in 1989 and started an NGO called for working welfare/grievances removal of LIC policy holders, Singla said.

He projected a micro credit scheme for the NGOs all over the country in 2004 and under this scheme, he had duped NGOs for providing loans for the women of rural areas, he added.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:41 IST