The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Karnataka government to probe the alleged financial fraud perpetrated by an investment firm IMA Jewels, leaving thousands of investors in the lurch on Friday, 14 June said it was investigating whether he had fled to Dubai."We are trying to find the whereabouts of Mohammed Mansoor Khan (owner of IMA Jewels). It is a matter of investigation if he has fled to Dubai," deputy Inspector General of Police BR Ravikanthe Gowda, who is heading the Special Investigation Team, told PTI.His statement came amid rumours that Khan had fled to Dubai after police found two abandoned SUVs, allegedly owned by him, one of which was near Kempe Gowda International AirportPolice sources said Khan had started his business from Dubai and later shifted to Bengaluru to start IMA Jewels. He lured people to invest in his firm as it encouraged investment.Ponty Chadha’s Son Manpreet Sent to Judicial Custody In Fraud CaseMore Than 31,000 ComplaintsA majority of Muslims from various parts of Karnataka and neighbouring states fell into his trap and invested lakhs of rupees, they said. Meanwhile, the number of complaints lodged against the company swelled to 31,000, with 2,500 being lodged on Friday alone.On 12 June , seven directors of the firm were apprehended.The same day, the state government had announced the setting up of the 11-member SIT, days Khan went absconding after allegedly threatening to commit suicide in an audio clip.As the audio went viral, panicked investors, most of whom are Muslims, had swarmed the firm's office at Shivajinagar in thousands, demanding action against the owner and directors.Khan in an audio clip which went viral on the social media had purportedly said he was committing suicide as he was fed up with corruption. He had also alleged the Shivajinagar Congress MLA Roshan Baig took Rs 400 crore from him and was not returning it.Baig had rubbished the charge, alleging that his political adversaries had orchestrated the "series of events" to tarnish his character.Earlier in the day, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a case of money laundering in the alleged ponzi scheme.The agency's zonal office here filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), equivalent to an FIR, and pressed criminal charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials had said.The ED took cognisance of the complaint registered by the Karnataka police and the subsequent creation of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged fraud, the officials said.Bank Frauds Worth Over Rs 2.05 Lakh Cr in 11 Years, RBI Data Shows We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.