A 33-year-old polio patient was arrested for allegedly cheating a student of Rs 7.14 lakh on the pretext of providing him admission in an MBA programme. According to the cops, the accused was suffering from multiple ailments including a brain tumour and was unable to find work, which pushed him to crime.
The police also believe that he may have used a similar modus operandi to cheat others as well. Assistant Police Inspector Arjun Jagdale from Antop Hill police station said, “The accused has been cheating till now, but we have just one complainant who approached us on December 15, after which a case of cheating was registered.
We arrested him at his Khar residence on Saturday.” The victim was seeking admission in the MBA course at K J Somaiya college, and came into contact with the accused, Sunitratna Athavle, who promised to help him secure a seat.
The victim’s father and the plaintiff in the case, Shivkrishna Dighe, did not trust Athavle initially, but when he learned that Athavle’s father was a retired Mantralaya officer, he thought the accused had enough clout to secure his son’s admission.
According to the police officials, Athavle made further attempts to win Dighe’s trust by drawing up a stamp paper that assured admission, and the paper was signed by both parties. API Jagdale added that the accused was in contact with the victim’s family since May, but when he stopped answering their calls, Dighe approached the police.