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The anti-forgery section of the Economic Offences Wing, arrested one Shubhendu Sorcar and his associate Debashree Chatterjee on charges of cheating a number of people by posing as a government functionary and convincing them to invest in his fake projects.
Sorcar's confidence, fluent language, style of writing letters and a posh office in South Delhi's Hauz Khas, worked in his favour. His art of organising large events involving politicians and film stars made people believe him.
By projecting links with UNESCO and claiming to have been recognised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, he duped many of several crores of rupees.
Sorcar claimed that National Educational Research & Development (NERDP), the organisation he ran, was an "international post secondary non-profit statutory education agency in higher education", which worked with organisations involved with development in India.
He also claimed that NERDP was supported by UNESCO and recognised by the HRD Ministry for carrying out activities related to higher education in India, Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Praveer Ranjan said.
"He told the victims that NERDP is handling several big assignments, worth crores, across India with the support of Ministry of HRD & UNESCO. To impress his targets, he used to communicate with them in a manner which made them believe that they were dealing with a government functionary. The language, style of the letters adopted by him to cheat was such that it appeared that they had been written by a government organisation," Ranjan said.
Sorcar used to show that tenders had been floated by NERDP and invited quotations from his targets, Ranjan said.
According to police, in one of the cases, Sorcar took Rs 80 crore as earnest money for giving contract worth Rs 4,500 crore for construction of educational hubs in major metropolitan cities across India.