Pune: College friend dupes man of Rs 18.7 lakh on pretext of buying property abroad

Sakal Times News Desk
Sunday, 23 August 2020

Swargate police have booked an Australian national on charges of duping a 54-year-old man from Pune city on the pretext of buying him a property in Australia

Pune: Swargate police have booked an Australian national on charges of duping a 54-year-old man from Maharshi Nagar area of Pune city on the pretext of buying him a property in Australia. The suspect is a college friend of the complainant who was duped of Rs 18.7 lakh.

Rajendra Avsare (54), a resident of Maharashi Nagar, has filed a complaint in this regard at the Swargate police station. Based on this complaint, Swargate police have lodged FIR against one Zakiullah alias Jack Parkar (52) from Australia. Parkar has been booked under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to police, Parkar and Avsare are college friends. They had studied together in 1985-86 and later Parkar moved to Australia. They both were in touch with each other and Parkar had also visited Avsare at his Maharshi Nagar residence earlier. During his visit, Parkar lured Avsare on the pretext of taking him to Australia and getting him a job there. Since Avasare is unmarried and wanted to settle abroad, and Parkar being a college friend staying in Australia, he trusted him.

Parkar had told Avsare that for getting a job in Australia he needs to purchase an immovable property there. Parkar lied to Avsare that he had booked a flat worth Rs 75 lakh in Australia for him and sent some document images allegedly pertaining to the property. Parkar asked Avsare to make the payment. Avsare sold his apartment in Wanawadi area in September 2018 to raise money for buying the property in Australia. Avsare had transferred Rs 22.2 lakh to Parkar through online transaction mode.

Parkar also tried to gain the confidence of Avsare by transferring Rs 3.5 lakh into Avsare’s bank account from time to time as the rent collected for the said property. Parkar had taken Avsare to Dehradun for communication skills training too. Later Parkar started avoiding him. Meanwhile, Parkar was arrested by Uttarakhand police in Dehradun in a similar case.

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