Son of a former AIIMS director has been arrested for allegedly duping a UK-based NRI woman of Rs 10.5 lakh by selling her a luxurious car without informing her that the loan against the vehicle was not paid.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police said 50 year-old Mukul Paul Taneja, a resident of Hauz Khas, was arrested on May 1 from Munirka Market in South Delhi on the complaint of the NRI Nisha Karavadra.
According to police, Taneja, who claimed to be honoured by the British Government as a "Lord" for his distinguished services in the field of education, cheated the woman by selling her a car for Rs 10.5 lakh claiming as free from any hypothecation.
Whereas, the car was financed by Punjab National Bank's Anand Niketan branch here. Taneja had fraudulently procured its registration certificate (RC) without mention of 'the HP Loan' on it, police said.
Like Karavadra, Taneja also allegedly duped several people by selling them high-end cars that he purchased after taking loans from banks, they said.
He had assured the victim that there was no outstanding loan against the car. "The victim reported that she came in contact with the accused after seeing an advertisement in a daily newspaper. She agreed to purchase the said car after the assurance given by the accused that the registration certificate would be transferred in her name within a week.
"The accused claimed himself as a reputed person of the society and also that he had been honoured as "Lord" by the British Government. After purchasing the car, the victim asked the accused for providing RC, after obtaining it from RTO Dehradun as promised, but Taneja threatened her of dire consequences in view of his very high political connections in India," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav said.
"The woman then made enquiries from the concerned RTO office at Dehradun and it was revealed that there was a bank loan of Rs 9.99 lakh against the vehicle from PNB, Anand Niketan here and its ownership cannot be transferred in her name," police said, adding after this Karavadra filed a complaint through her local MP in England.
Punjab National Bank has also filed a complaint against Taneja for criminal breach of trust by not returning the loan amount of Rs 9.99 lakh.
During interrogation, Taneja revealed that he was born in a wealthy and reputed family of Delhi. His father holds a high position in a reputed private firm while his mother had retired as Director of AIIMS in 1989.
He told police that he turned bankrupt due to heavy loss in his businesses and lavish lifestyle after which he started cheating people by luring them through newspaper advertisements with attractive offers and discounts on buying high-end cars.
"Taneja has several luxurious cars at his house to brag and create his influence in society... During investigation, it was revealed that most of these cars are financed by different banks and have been got registered by the accused in his name.
"Apart from this, presently, he has outstanding loans from different banks of India against these cars and he has a loan of Rs 70 lakh on his residential bungalow," police said.