10 days after the Mumbai Police formed a special team of officers to catch a fake Interpol agent- cum-diamond merchant Chetan Shah, it succeeded in its mission on Monday night. Chetan Shah has been absconding since the day when the enforcement directorate (ED) conducted searches at Shah's three premises. Shah and his company Decent Diamonds Pvt Ltd., is under ED's probe for a bank loan default case of about Rs 356 crore.
Pravin Padwal, DCP-Zone 3, Mumbai Police confirmed Shah's arrest to India Today. He said, "On Monday night Shah himself visited Worli police station with his advocate. We arrested him and interrogated for some hours seeking answers behind making fake identity card with a logo of Interpol. On Tuesday, he was produced in the court."
Shah, today, got bail from the local court in a bailable offence of cheating case under section 419.
On April 1, the ED officials had filed a cheating complaint at Worli police station against Shah for possessing fake Interpol agent under section 419 of IPC. During the searches, the agency had recovered a fake Interpol ID card from Shah's iPad.
To search the diamond merchant, a special team was formed by Mumbai police, but got little success.
In his interrogation, Shah admitted to police that he had created a fake ID card of Interpol agent "just for a fun with few friends". Shah claimed that he did not use the fake ID card for any activities.
"We do not believe his version. His statement has been recorded. Our team would now go for a forensic analysis and also take the help of our cyber team," Padwal told India Today. Shah also told the police that, due to fear of arrest, he was hiding for last 10 days.
Currently, the iPad is with the Enforcement Directorate team as one of the crucial evidences against Shah in the bank loan default case.
This time the Mumbai police has added Section 66 in The Information Technology Act, 2000 to Shah's case. This section is related to cyber offences of dishonesty and fraudulence. "If required, we would again call Shah for further investigation," Padwal said.