EOW arrests bizman for Rs 1.87-crore fraud
Brother of U'khand governor accuses founder of Tiana group of companies of cheating him by not paying rent, inveigling him into giving a hefty donation; papers of a Rs 200 crore land deal with late Vilasrao Deshmukh recovered from accused
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Crime Branch is investigating a Rs 1.87-crore cheating case, in which the brother of Uttarakhand governor has accused a businessman of cheating him. The accused, the founder of Tiana group of companies, has been arrested.
Incidentally, the EOW has also recovered some documents from the accused, Ashiquali Mohibali Nathani, which show that he had paid Rs 200 crore for a land deal to Vilasrao Deshmukh, former Union minister of Information Technology who died last year. But the police are yet to verify the authenticity of the papers.
Shady business? EOW has recovered some documents from Ashiquali Mohibali Nathani, which show that he had paid Rs 200 crore for a land deal to Vilasrao Deshmukh. The police are yet to verify the authenticity of the papers
A complaint was lodged with the MIDC police in Andheri by Zaheer Ziaulhasan Qureshi, managing director of SS Corporation Care Ltd, a company run from Govindpura in Bhopal. Qureshi had alleged that Tiana founder Nathani and others Jayantial Shah, Shrenik Jain, Mohammad Salim and Shabir Raja had cheated him to the tune of Rs 1.87 crore.
Qureshi, who is the brother of Uttarakhand governor Dr Aziz Qureshi, said that Nathani, who gained popularity after he built Ganeshdham Temple in Ranthambore in Rajasthan — had not paid rent for the premises he had taken on rent from him.
Qureshi also said he donated Rs 1 crore for the temple Nathani was building. His brother, the governor, inaugurated the temple. Later, Qureshi learnt that he had been cheated by Nathani, who did not give him any credit for building the temple, as he had promised before taking the donation. Qureshi lodged a complaint with the MIDC police.
“When Nathani was vacating the property he had rented from Qureshi, the complainant chanced upon some documents authored by Tiana Power Projects Pvt Ltd. The papers showed that Nathani had paid Rs 200 crore and Rs 1.98 crore to Vilasrao Deshmukh for a land purchase. We are verifying the validity of the documents,” said a police officer from EOW.
Police officers said they were trying to find out Nathani’s sources of income but he was not cooperating in investigations.
He said that he had a son working abroad who sent him the money, but the police said they could not establish the source.