By Mateen Hafeez TIMES NEWS NETWORK Mumbai: The economic offences wing of the city’s crime branch is hunting for two persons, one of whom claimed to be the owner of Leela Bungalow at Juhu Tara Road. The other is an accountant who prepared the evaluation report of the bungalow, saying it was worth Rs 17 crore.
“One of the accused claimed that he was owner of the bungalow and handed over the power of attorney to Aman Hemani (32), who was entrusted with the job of taking a loan from Sanket Finance company at Thakur complex, Kandivli,’’ assistant inspector Sayajirao Deshmukh said. However, the police is unwilling to give names of the accused.
“The only clue we had was the IMEI number of Hemani’s cellphone. Whenever Hemani activated his mobile phone, we could trace him using the 14-digit IMEI. We located him at different places in the country before finally arresting him in Pune on Thursday,’’ Deshmukh said.
Stating that his company did not give ‘individual loans’, the proprietor of the finance company Jay Shah, whom Hemani had approached for the loan, said that Hemani had asked for a loan of Rs 16 crore.
When Shah went to take an NOC from the bungalow’s owner, he was shocked to find that the owner, Gautam Nanavati, didn’t know Hemani. On the same day in November 2004, Nanavati lodged a police complaint.
A final year B Com drop-out, Hemani was born and brought up in Mumbai. Later in the mid’90s, he moved to Nagpur, where he started Aman Consultancy.
He employed Rajyashri Hemani, a computer engineer from Nagpur for Aman Consultancy. Both fell in love and got married in 1998. Reportedly a good singer during her college years, Rajyashri too was arrested by crime branch sleuths.
The two cases of fraud—one with the Ambazari police station and other with Sitaburdi police station—were registered against Hemani in Nagpur in 2002, when the Mahila Nagrik Sahkari Bank complained about him taking a loan of Rs 10 crore against Aman Consultancy, but not repaying it. Instead, he closed down Aman Consultancy, following which the court attached the property.
To escape the police heat, Hemani escaped to Mumbai and began staying in a rented a flat in Versova with Rajyashri. A police team from Nagpur is likely to come to the city within a day or two.
Hemani, who was arrested on Thursday evening for forgery, cheating and impersonation, alleged he was a victim of political vendetta.
Stating that he had been framed, Hemani, who is in police custody now, told TOI that a group of Nagpur politicians were jealous about the huge profits his 10 factories of softdrinks brought in.
The police have also seized the Mitsubishi Lancer car in which Hemani was travelling at the time of his arrest.
The Times of India, September 24, 2005