| AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad police on Thursday arrested Gopal Mohansingh Shekhawat (47), the chairman and managing director of NMart, a wing of a multi-trade company, for allegedly cheating several people over the last year. The company had opened malls in several parts of the state including Pune, Sangli and Ahmednagar.
He was wanted by the Kranti Chowk police in connection with a complaint lodged in 2012 by a group of 39 people, who accused the company of cheating them. Each of them had paid Rs 5,500 as registration fee to become a member of the NMart, a chain of shopping malls. The company had opened 147 malls across the country, said Balaji Sontakke, the inspector in-charge of the Kranti Chowk police station.
Shekhawat, a resident of Surat, had surrendered before the Ongale court in Andhra Pradesh following registration of similar cases against him there. He was in judicial remand and lodged in the Ongale district jail for 130 days when they approached the Ongale jail authorities.
“We came to know about Shekhawat being lodged in Ongale jail. We approached the Aurangabad court seeking direction for the Ongale jail authorities to hand him over to us. He was produced before the Aurangabad court on Thursday evening and remanded to police custody till September 7,”said police officer.
Police said that a police team would take the accused to Surat, where the company has its headquarters. The police also said that they had not yet ascertained the quantum of money involved in the alleged cheating. However, it is learnt that the number of members runs into lakhs.
According to the complaint, after opening NMart mall in Miraj, the company opened malls in Ahmedagar, Pune and Aurangabad. The company modus operandi was simple. It would make members through online registration and would offer business plan as well as earning opportunity.