Serial conman remanded in police custody

Alleged serial conman Sudhir Khadse was Tuesday remanded in police custody till February 2.

He was arrested Monday at the residence of Vilas Sawade, personal assistant to state medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit, where he had gone posing as a CBI officer.

Wife of Sawade became suspicious as Khadse had visited them a month ago posing as an I-T officer and called her husband, who alerted police.

"We are interrogating Khadse to find out how many people he has cheated or tried to cheat. He is not cooperating," said assistant inspector Rajendra Patil, Marine Drive police station.

An officer interrogating Khadse said he maintained the Monday offence was his first. He said Khadse refused to reveal his background and whether he has accomplices.

Police have allegedly learned that Khadse is an alcoholic and believe he may have turned to crime to fuel his addiction. They have also found that he made the fake identity card bearing income-tax department logo himself.

"Khadse scanned his PAN card and copied the logo, which he pasted on a fake identity card using a computer software. He then added a fictitious name, Avinash Patil, and the designation of commissioner II and took a printout. The list of officials found in his possession was made using a booklet of contacts available at Mantralaya," said Patil.

On Tuesday, a police team raided the Khadse residence in Nashik but did not find anything incriminating. Police are now calling all the numbers on his list.

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