Man Posing as Aditya Thackeray’s Aide Cons Student of Over 25 Lakh

The accused had told Nagvekar that he could get him a job as sub-engineer in the BMC, under the ‘Shiv Sena’ quota.

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A man posing to be the personal assistant of Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, allegedly conned a student of over Rs 25 lakh by promising to get him a job with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

As reported by The Indian Express, the student, Diven Nagvekar was a student at a local engineering college in 2017, and was having a hard time finding a job post graduation, as he had failed in one of the subjects in his third year.

This is when he had crossed paths with the accused, a Suraj Kalav, who told Nagvekar that he could guarantee the latter a job as a sub-engineer in the BMC, under the ‘Shiv Sena’ quota.

To this end, Kalav asked Nagvekar to pay him a fee of Rs 25,000 for a training course and another Rs 25,000 for him to procure the latter’s course completion certificate from the college. 

The certificate, the report quoting the police said, could then be submitted to the BMC to complete Nagvekar’s job application.

In June 2017, Nagvekar and his aunt had asked a BMC official about the status of his job application. However, the official had denied knowledge of it.

When Nagvekar confronted Kaval about this, the latter said that he had been booked by the Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Police for forgery, The Indian Express reported.

The accused claimed that the cyber cell had raided his office and seized his computer. He also claimed to Nagvekar that the cyber cell knew that Nagvekar was trying to get employment into the BMC using fraudulent means.
A police officer told The Indian Express

Kaval thus scared Nagvekar into believing that he would be in some kind of legal trouble and used this opportunity to extract even more money from the latter.

According to the report, Nagvekar paid Kaval, who had said he would help him out of the mess for Rs 25 lakh, assuming that his file was with the state department, .

When Nagvekar didn’t hear any further news about his application for a while, he went and inquired with the BMC, who told him that Kaval had reportedly duped several people in a similar manner in the past as well.

Nagvekar thus filed a complaint under the various sections of the IPC related to cheating, criminal breach of trust and impersonation, the report adds.

(With inputs from The Indian Express)

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