Dravid, Nehwal, Prakash Padukone, 800 others duped of Rs. 300cr
The MD of Vikram Investments, a Bengaluru-based company, has been arrested for duping the likes of cricketer Rahul Dravid, badminton player Saina Nehwal and former badminton star Prakash Padukone, and others of around Rs. 300 crore.
Raghavendra Sreenath and his associates- former sports journalist Sutram Suresh, Narasimhamurthy, KC Nagaraj and Prahlad- were arrested for duping almost 800 people, many of whom are prominent personalities.
Dravid, Nehwal, Prakash Padukone duped by investment company
Agarbatti company boss gave heads-up to cops about scam
The scam became known when an incense stick company owner filed a police complaint alleging that he and his brother had invested Rs. 11.7 crore with Vikram Investments in 2016, and the accused are now refusing to pay back their return.
Cops registered a case under Section 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) and started investigation.
Suresh used his journalistic connections to influence sportspeople
"Our investigations show that the accused have cheated over 500 investors, including businessmen, IT professionals, doctors, and engineers," said the police.
Cops further said that Suresh, being an eminent journalist, used his influence in convincing many sportspeople to invest in the Ponzi scheme that promised 40% returns on investments.
"They have been sent to custody for 14 days," a police officer said.
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