In a swift and surprising development, commissioner of police, Ahmedabad city, has shifted the investigation of ponzi scamster Abhay Gandhi case from the Satellite police to the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) which was probing the case earlier too.
As the rumour mills heat up on the rationale behind the move, officials of the Satellite police station clarified that shifting of the case had been done on their request to the police commissioner.
DI Sisodiya, senior police inspector of Satellite said that they had made a representation before the police commissioner seeking the change as they were heavily occupied providing security to the English cricket team, which has stayed put at the Courtyard Marriott hotel near the police station. We made a presentation to the top cops and requested them to transfer the probe to crime branch as we remain occupied in providing security to the English cricket team. Accepting our request, CP has handed over the probe to the crime branch” said Sisodiya.
He also claimed that many new victims have also surfaced during the course of investigation in Gandhi’s case. “Around 15 more victims have approached us and asked us to lodge complaint. Since DCB has been probing the case since beginning, we requested the CP to hand it over to DCB in the interest of thorough investigation” said Sisodiya.
After his arrest on November 3, Abhay Gandhi, who has been accused of siphoning off Rs350 crore through his ponzi scheme, was arrested at the Ahmedabad airport by the DCB, after he returned to India. Since Gandhi’s office was located in Nehrunagar area, falling under the jurisdiction of Satellite, Gandhi was handed over to the Satellite police.
After acquiring seven days of police custody of Gandhi on October 5, Satellite police learnt about his connection with agents Anjum Naqvi and Salim Vora, brother of former Latif aide and notorious gangster of Juhapura Nazir Vora. Investigation also revealed that Salim and Naqvi used to collect money from other sub agents on fixed commission and then give to Gandhi to make it double. According to sources, these agents have deposited more than Rs10 crore to Gandhi.
It is also learnt that Gandhi feared for his life after he failed to return the money to Naqvi and Vora, who had the support of influential persons.
However, it is also speculated that Gandhi was helped by some elements to hide his scam and even vanish from the country. Based on these informations, DCB might book him for some more sections of IPC, including hatching conspiracy.