The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday arrested renowned car designer Dilip Chhabria in a cheating and forgery case. The development was confirmed by Joint Commissioner (crime) Milind Bharambe but he refused to give more details.
A car modified by Chhabria’s DC Designs firm has also been seized as part of a case registered under IPC sections for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.
The cars were registered from multiple states and also multiple loans have been availed from different NBFCs as the fraud was going on from a couple of years according to the Police. The Police are questioning the NBFC officials who sanctioned the loans and are also looking into why didn’t they report to them.
“We also suspect that in some occasions the cars had been sold to customers for cheaper rates to save the tax such as customes duty and GST,” said police.
The police were also surprised to find the same cars registered in different state having same engine and number. “Since there is a pan India system in place whenever a person is trying to re-register a car it should have been detected at the time itself,” said a officer close to investigation.
The fraud came to light when API Sachin Waze of the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) received information about such malpractices. On 18th December, they seized a DC Avanti car from Colaba. The car was seized on the suspicion on running on bogus documents, however, when the car’s paper were verified they found it to be genuine. The car was registered in Chennai. On further investigation, it was revealed that another car with same engine and chassis number had been registered in Haryana as well.
On the complaint of the car owner, who is a Chennai based businessman, police then registered a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy. On Monday, they arrested Chhabria from his workshop in MIDC Andheri, he was produced before the court on Tuesday which remanded him police custody till 2nd January.