Businessman poses as CBI director to extort money, lands in jail

Businessman poses as CBI director to extort money, lands in jail

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2016-01-19 14:12 Bengaluru: A 21-year old youth was arrested by the Bengaluru police in Central Bengaluru for allegedly posing as the Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with an intent to extort money from CPWD officials. The police said the youth had been using the ploy to extort money from state and central government officials by threatening to foist corruption cases against them.The accused had been identified as Syed Mohammed Abbas, a resident of Anepalya.“The accused would call engineers and chief engineers of the CPWD and introduce himself as the special director of the CBI. He would threaten them with raids over corruption charges, saying that he had the concerned files with him. He demanded money from the officials if they wanted to avoid the raids,” said Sandeep Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (central division), talking about the modus operandi of the accused.Alarmed by the threats, a few engineers with the CPWD approached the anti-corruption wing of the CBI about the problem. The anti-corruption wing immediately swung into action. An inspector approached the Ashokanagar police station and filed a complaint about the stranger.The police registered a case and arrested the accused after tracking his mobile phone call records.The police said the accused Syed was a businessman and had incurred huge losses. He hatched the plan after watching a video of a CBI raid on a CPWD engineer in Uttar Pradesh last year on YouTube, where the agency had seized illegal wealth worth crores. Inspired by the video, Syed devised a similar plan to extort money from engineers of the CPWD in Karnataka. He collected their mobile numbers on the Internet and started threatening them.“The accused was produced before the court, which remanded him in judicial custody,” said an investigating officer.