Couple operating California Tarot House held for cheating

Duped a woman by claiming to solve her problems using 'supernatural powers'

The Kondhwa police on Tuesday arrested a man and his wife, who were operating the California Tarot House in Kondhwa, for allegedly cheating a woman by claiming to solve her problems using "supernatural powers".

The suspects have been identified as Behroze Dastur Sehgal (42) and her husband Feroze Shavak Dadachanji (54), both residents of S P Residency in Phursungi on Pune-Saswad Road. They have been operating the Tarot House for the past one year, said police.

A complaint in this coneection was registered by law student Dhanashri Pratapkumar Patil (29), currently residing at Girishankar Society in Karve Nagar.

Police booked the suspects under Sections 420, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and also under sections of the Drugs and Magic Remedy Act. Police inspector S B Pachorkar said the couple operated from California Tarot House at Brahma Estate, near Jyoti Restaurant, NIBM, Kondhwa. "Suspect Behroze claims that she was trained in the art of tarot reading from California and used it to solve various problems of people who approached them at their shop," said PI Pachorkar.

Police said the complainant had approached the couple in April 2012 with problems related to her love affair. The couple allegedly assured to solve her problem using super natural power. Assuring to "make her life beautiful," the couple allegedly took Rs 52,000 from the complainant from time to time between April and October 2012.

After receiving the complaint, police raided the California Tarot House and recovered Rs 52,000 cash, five dolls, books and other items. Police produced the suspects before the Cantonment court on Saturday. Public prosecutor P Jadhav argued that suspects claimed to have got degree in tarot reading, but they did not have the required permission or licence for operating such business.

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