To catch a fake Interpol agent- cum-diamond merchant Chetan Shah, Mumbai Police has formed a special team of officers, which includes one police inspector and two sub-inspectors. 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.
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.
When Hema Shah, wife of diamond merchant was interrogated by ED team, she stated that she had "no knowledge regarding the fake ID card and also about his whereabouts".
Pravin Padwal, DCP, Zone 3, Mumbai Police confirmed it to India Today that the special team is gathering all the required information from family members, friends and business colleagues to search Shah. Though, Shah's passport has been seized by the ED officials, Mumbai police is continuously in communication with airport authorities, all over India.
"Passports of both Shah and Hema have been seized. In addition, copies of old passports were also apprehended which indicated when and in which countries Shah had travelled, in the last few years," the source said. Till now, Shah has travelled to US, UK, Singapore, Belgium, UAE and Iran.
Once Shah is detained, Mumbai Police would interrogate him seeking explanation behind creating and using fake Interpol ID card. "It is still unknown why Shah created this fake ID card. Whether to use it at the airport or for some other illegal activities, that needs to be probed", an officer said.
On Wednesday, Shah was supposed to remain present before the ED office for the interrogation. Shah and his wife Hema remained directors of dozen of shell companies which were created for the diversion of bank loan amount.