Accused is the bro-in-law of a senior city cop. On August 23 this year, 23 doctors had registered an FIR at Vanrai police station against Kartick Mohan Srivastava, Vibha Prasad Srivastava, Archita Mohan Prasad Srivastava, Mohan Prasad Srivastava, Priti Kartick Srivastava and Dharmendra Nikumbh. They were booked under Sections 406, 409, 420, 34 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code.

Mumbai: Nearly 288 persons, including policemen, doctors and businessmen who were allegedly duped to the tune of more than Rs 100 crore by Kartick Mohan Srivastav and his associates, have alleged that the Mumbai police are shielding the culprit. Kartick in his statement admitted to being the brother-in-law of a senior Mumbai police official. Kartick along with his accomplices had lured the complainants by offering them returns up to 400 percent on the amount invested.

Speaking to the Free Press Journal, a complainant Dr. Prashant Bhamre alleged, “We were informed by Kartick  Srivastav that  he  is the  brother-in-law  of  a  senior  Mumbai police official. Kartick has been staying with his family including wife Priti, an accused in this case and their children at Oberoi gardens at Thakur village in Kandivali (E). His children have been going to a nearby school.  We have verified the information regarding his whereabouts. Kartick has been spotted being escorted by his bodyguards. From the time, we have registered a First Information Report in August this year. The police have not performed their duty at all. Why is the Mumbai police shielding Kartick and not arresting him?”

According to another complainant Dr. Kedar Ganla, a gynecologist who has a private clinic at Mahim alleges that the police are giving their information to Kartick. “Whenever other complainants approach the police, their information is leaked to Kartick. Those complainants have been receiving phone calls from Kartick promising to settle the matter. Kartick negotiates with them assures that he would return their money through cheques and the victims fall into the trap not lodging a police complaint. After depositing the cheques they learn that the cheques have bounced.”

“People are not coming forward since Kartick is a relative of a well- known Mumbai police officer. I have learnt that Kartick has already taken an anticipatory bail. Most of the people who have been duped are   not coming forward since Kartick has been threatening to kill them,” added Ganla.

Speaking to the Free Press Journal, another complainant Dr. Yogesh Mundade said,” We have not been served a copy of the recorded statement as yet.  In fact four months after we registered a complaint, the First Information Report was registered, in August.  Since the Mumbai police is reluctant to investigate the matter, we have dispatched a letter to the Enforcement Directorate to take over the case.”

A copy of the letter dated November 30 which has been forwarded to the Enforcement Directorate states,” None of the persons, or their accomplices mentioned in the FIR have been summoned so far by the investigating officers.  More than 250 police personnel had invested their monies. The police officers are reluctant to apprise of the developments. The complianants are being issued death threats within minutes of recording the statemnet with the Economic Offences Wing.”

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