The Noida-based entrepreneur, who had started the company Ringing Bells and named the phone it planned to launch ‘Freedom 251’, stands accused of cheating scores of dry fruit traders of 200-crore fraud this time.
Mohit Goel, who was running a company called Dubai Dry fruits and Spices Hub with five others, was arrested on Sunday evening near Meghdootam Park in Sector 51. Among police’s immediate recoveries were an Audi, 60 kg dry fruits and documents.
The company operated out of Corenthum, the premier office complex in Sector 62, and paid a rent of Rs 3 lakh per month. Police said they had received at least 40 written complaints of fraud against it from traders across the country in Punjab, Haryana, UP, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and a few other states. Goel and at least four others ran the company. Among their employees were three foreigners, who handled the front office as receptionists, police said.
Additional CP (law and order) Love Kumar said Goel and the others would win the trust of traders by placing orders and paying on time and giving partial advance payments. “Later, they would stop making payments, and the cheques issued by them would bounce. The accused would then get fake cases lodged against the traders under CrPC 156 (3) by approaching court,” he said, adding Goel and the others used dummies as managing directors and other senior posts.
Kumar said while they agreed to buy the dry fruit at a slightly higher than usual prices from traders, they sold the consignments in the open market across NCR for much higher but didn’t make full payment to those they bought the stocks from.
Police said Goel, Sumit Yadav, Praveen Singh Nirwan and Rajiv Kumar alias Mursafil Lashkar were those running the company and Om Prakash Jangid, who was arrested along with Goel, had been officially appointed proprietor. Police said they would place orders for consignments of dry fruit from across the country and pay 40% through net banking. The rest they paid in cheques, which bounced.
On Monday, the bail plea of Goel was heard at Surajpur court even as complainants gathered outside and raised slogans against him. Mohit was represented by multiple lawyers but was denied bail. “The accused had tried to strongly defend himself to get bail but it was opposed by us on the basis of strong evidence and he was denied bail,” said ACP Rajnish Kumar.
Mohit, an MBA, has a stay on his arrest in at least three cases, including those in connection with Family Off Dry Foods India Pvt Ltd, Shri Shyam Tradings Dry Foods and Ayurvedic Commodities