Mumbai Crime: Woman posed as judge, duped bizman of Rs 3.5 lakh

The accused had the title of ‘judge’ written on her car’s license plate as well as house nameplate, which was enough to fool people

A woman, who posed as a judge and duped a businessman of Rs 3.5 lakh on the pretext of making sure a court’s judgment was in his favour, was arrested on Wednesday.

The accused Sujata Maruti Kamble
The accused Sujata Maruti Kamble

Manilal Shah, a Matunga-based businessman, had been stuck in a property dispute for the last four years and he met accused Sujata Maruti Kamble, a Kalyan resident, to resolve the matter. "I have a room in Belapur that has been under ownership dispute for the last four years. When I met a judge through one of my employees on February 2, 2014, she claimed that she knew one female magistrate called Pathan in Vashi court who would help me get the decision in my favour," Shah told mid-day.

Before registering a complaint in the RAK Marg police station on October 16, 2015, he had been duped of Rs 3.5 lakh by Kamble. "She claimed that she had appointed six advocates who would fight my case and had even given me their names. Whenever I used to call her, she used to claim that she is with the Governor or some high profile judge, which seemed quite believable. Also, she had judge written on her car license plate and on her house name plate," he added.

The police could only arrest her yesterday when the Bombay High Court rejected her anticipatory bail plea. Police Inspector Sanjay Nale from RAK Marg police station said, "We had registered a case against her but as the court kept accepting her anticipatory bail pleas, we couldn't arrest her. But after her plea was rejected she surrendered before the police and confessed to the crime. We are trying to find if she duped more people."

The accused has been booked under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code. She was produced in Bhoiwada court on Wednesday and remanded to police custody till February 22.

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