A 36-year-old man was arrested in Malad for allegedly duping people of several lakhs by forging RBI gold bonds and luring people into investing in the bonds, police said Wednesday.
According to the police, the accused, Aporvaditya Kulshreshtha was caught after a Dubai-based woman lodged a complaint at Dindoshi police station. She had alleged that Kulshreshtha sold her a forged RBI gold bond worth Rs 22 lakh.
Kulshreshtha had approached the complainant, Sanjyoti Hadimani, who was staying with her mother at the same society as the accused. Punjab native Kulshreshtha is an MBA graduate and stays in Surya Tower in Malad with his wife and children, police said.
Kulshreshtha allegedly told the woman to invest in the gold bond claiming to know someone in RBI who could acquire it for her. However, even a month after investing Rs 22 lakh, Hadimani did not receive the bond. Police said the accused then digitally forged a gold bond and posted it to her. The bond had the woman’s name and an RBI stamp.
A few days later, Hadimani came to know that the bond was fake. In her complaint, she alleged that when she confronted Kulshreshtha, he threatened her with dire consequences. She then approached Dindoshi police station.
Kulshreshtha claims to be a script-writer, police said. He allegedly takes money from people by offering them roles in Hindi soaps, promising to return it. He would allegedly issue forged cheques in return, police said.
He used to take the money and give the person a forged cheque of the amount so that they would not ask him back the money.
Police have also been approached by a man who claims to have been promised a lead role in a DD National serial by the accused. Police said the accused had asked the man for Rs 5 lakh for investing in a TV programme. When the complainant him to return his money, Kulshreshtha allegedly issued a forged cheque from an Axis Bank account.
Kulshreshtha has been charged with forgery, cheating and threatening Hadimani.
“We are now investigating how many other people Kulshreshtha has duped,” said inspector S Pawar of Dindoshi police station.