‘Godman’, 3 aides held for duping 2,800 persons of Rs 25 cr

A self-proclaimed 'godman', Ashok Jadeja, who was earlier arrested by the Gujarat Police for cheating several people, has been remanded in the custody of the Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW). The accused, police said, duped over 2,800 people to the tune of Rs 25 crore by promising to triple their investment through divine intervention.

Jadeja, along with three associates, was arrested by the Gujarat Police for duping over

2 lakh people across the country of around Rs 562 crore. They promised the victims that they would double or even triple the amount invested by them. They had duped over 2,800 people to the tune of over Rs 25 crore in Delhi and investigators in the capital are looking for Jadeja's other associates, who are still at large.

Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Praveer Ranjan said the arrested persons have been identified as Ashok Jadeja (38), Parveen Popat (35), Khimji Bhai Jadeja (58) and Kesha Ram (59). "Ashok Jadeja is the kingpin of the racket, while the others were agents who collected money from the victims," Ranjan said.

Investigation has revealed that so far, over 2,800 complaints have been received by the EOW.

"The accused persons were arrested by Ahmedabad police. They have been produced in Delhi and are now in remand in Economic Offences Wing," Ranjan said.

Talking about their modus operandi, Ranjan said main accused Ashok Jadeja told one community he was blessed with the divine power of a goddess, who conferred upon him the capacity to triple the money.

"The time required to triple the money was three days initially and subsequently it was enhanced to 25-30 days. The people of the community all over India were willing to offer large sums, in the name of the deity as an offering, that was to be tripled," a police officer said.

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