After a case of extortion was registered with the anti-extortioncell of the Pune police a few months ago, the officials finally tracked down and arrested a 40-year-old man yesterday, but soon realised that he was a habitual blackmailer and he had been married and divorced several times over.
Rajesh Ramchand Ravtani has been remanded in police custody after he was nabbed from Koregaon Park area, where he has been living since the past year.
The accused allegedly lured women into marriage and then pushed them to the point that they would opt for a divorce to get out of his clutches, and then he would ask for a payoff to allow the process to be completed.
According to the officials at the Koregaon Park police station, Ravtani had earlier been married to three well-to-do women from Hyderabad and another woman from Mumbai.
During interrogation, Ravtani told the police that he had blackmailed his four previous wives into paying him huge sums before terminating the marriages.
The matter came to the fore after his current wife Rani (name changed) from Pune, who is 26-years-old and pregnant, filed a complaint alleging that Ravtani was demanding Rs 25 lakh from her to sign their divorce papers.
Rani claims that she opted out of the marriage after learning about his gold-digging ways, and because he constantly forced himself upon her though she was pregnant. During the investigation, the police also learned that Ravtani had used forged documents and a fake PAN card to take a Rs 30 lakh bank loan.
According to police, Rani is a divorcee and was living with her parents in Pimpri. She met Rajesh Ramchand Ravtani in Koregaon Park area, who at the time was going by the nameof Raj Dixit.
Ravtani was running a shoe shop in Koregaon Park and they gradually became close. Some time later he convinced her to get married, but a few months down the line Rani stumbled upon a CD of he husband’s earlier marriage to another woman.
“After finding the CD, she managed to trace and contact the woman in the video and learnt that Ravtani had even been married a few times. Also, fed up with being forced to get physical though she was pregnant, she demanded a divorce. Ravtani demanded Rs 25 lakh to sign the papers,” said Sachin Sawant, police inspector, anti-extortion cell.
Sawant added that they learned during the investigation that the accused had been married to three women from Hyderabad and had been divorced for varying reasons.
“While taking divorce, he demanded huge amounts from them. As per information with us, all the girls he had duped belong to rich or well-to-do sections of society,” Sawant said.
The police also found that he was going by the name of Raj Dixit and had managed to take a loan of Rs 30 lakh from a bank using a fake PAN card, which the sleuths have seized.
Ravtani has been booked under sections 376/ 2E (committing rape on women known to be pregnant), 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating). The court has remanded him in police custody till March 2, 2013.