The money looted in south Delhi’s Rs eight crore robbery earlier this week was meant to be distributed among persons and traders in Karol Bagh area who allegedly were part of the hawala racket.
Rakesh Kumar Singh, who is a diamond merchant and main complainant in the case had earlier said that the entire money had to be deposited in Punjab National Bank in Karol Bagh in central Delhi.
Singh is the manager of diamond merchant Rakesh Karla, to whom the money belongs and was present in the car when it was robbed.
Rajesh Kalra, whose name had surfaced as bookie during Hansie Cronje match fixing case, police suspect that money could have been sourced from betting and used for hawala transactions. Police have also traced some of Karla’s calls to Dubai and Mumbai. Police are investigating who all he was communicating with even though the former has said that the calls were made to his friends.
So far investigators have not discovered IPL connection in the case. A senior special cell officer also clarified that Kalra’s name did not figure in recent high profile IPL spot fixing scandal and thus the money as of now could not be linked to IPL as reported in sections of media.
“They have claimed that the money was being deposited in bank, but it cannot be true. But as of now priority is to catch the robbers,” a senior police official, associated with IPL investigation and ongoing robbery probe, told dna. Kalra was unable to clarify the source of money and had not shown keenness in investigations as well.
The cash was collected from two places - Rs 4.69 crore was from house of Kalra in Greater Kailash by Rakesh Kumar Singh, the main complainant in the case and he carried around Rs 3 crore from his office in Kalkaji. Rakesh is a diamond merchant who also has business establishments in Rajasthan, but Kalra claims that he works as his manager.
Along with the southeast district police, in whose jurisdiction the incident took place on January 28, special task force of south district, special cell and crime branch has also been roped in to crack the case as soon as possible. Senior police officials claimed that investigations are on the track and case would be solved in two or three days. Police sources claim that they have identified a Haryana-based gang who allegedly carried out the robbery, on instance of some people within the betting circuit or professional circle of Kalra. But police have not made any arrests as of now.
Rahul Ahuja, a Gurgaon-based property dealer, whose name was associated with the robbed money has also claimed that all the money belongs to Kalra. Police is also investigating whether the robbery was ‘staged’ and were examining call detail records of Kalra, his close associates, employees, friend circle and professional aides.