Ashwini Kumar Sharma and his associate Rajesh Ranjan
Mumbai: Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan had paid Rs 50 lakh to a fake CBI officer and his associate after they promised to settle a civil case, probe revealed. Ashwini Kumar Sharma and his aide, Rajesh Ranjan were held last week by CBI’s Mumbai unit for posing as police officers.
“He would pose as a superintendent of police, deputy commissioner of police or deputy inspector general of the CBI and cheat businessmen, developers and film personalities. Twenty victims came to us,” said CBI joint director Rishi Raj Singh.
Singh said, “Many years ago, there was a civil case during the shooting of a Roshan movie. Sharma approached Roshan, posing as a CBI officer, and said the case was transferred to them. He took Rs 50 lakh to hush up the matter. We nabbed Sharma when Roshan approached us.”
Ranjan is an MBA while Sharma, who passed class X, runs a hosiery manufacturing firm in Panipat. Sharma would threaten film personalities and businessmen and extorted huge amounts. He would invest his “earnings” in real estate, the CBI said. The CBI seized Rs 28 lakh, fake FIRs, chargesheet papers and statements of witnesses from Sharma’s Panipat residence. Victims can contact the CBI on 022-22842816/22021524.
The Times of India, August 31, 2011