Dubey had promised Pande a share in the earnings. Almost two years later, Pande is running around trying to get the money he is owed. Dubey, after using the vehicle, simply refused to give the money he had pledged. He also ignored phone calls by Pande. Letters written to the address provided by the hirer were returned. “A Bengali family resided at that place,” said Dubey.
The south Mumbai businessman had to fight to get his case registered. He filed an application with the Pydhonie police, but they returned it, saying it was a civil matter. He then approached the Mazgaon court, which ordered the police to register the offence and arrest the accused. “Even then, I didn’t get a response from the cops. I approached the Commissioner of Police, who then contacted DCP (Zone II) Nisar Tamboli and asked him to look into the matter,” narrated a harangued Pande, who had been duped of Rs 1.4 lakh.
The case was finally registered in November 2012 and Pande provided all information to the police contact numbers he had of Dubey, and the names and numbers of people who used to deal and hang around with the accused. The accused was finally arrested more than a year later on December 6. Cops said that Dubey was a transporter, but had incurred losses. Due to this, he had taken to duping people. He was booked under Section 420 (cheating) and has been remanded to judicial custody. Pande has more than 15 cases registered against him at police stations in Pydhonie, Saki Naka, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
When asked the reason for the delay the arrest, Dinesh Ahire, senior police inspector from Pydhonie police station, said, “We were interrogating the case. We were searching for the accused at several places in Navi Mumbai and Thane, but we couldn’t get hold of him.” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) Nisar Tamboli said, “I will have to check the records to know the details of the case.”