Jamshedpur, July 29: Multicrore scamster Anukul Maity and wife Konika, who were lodged in a Kolkata jail, were brought to Jamshedpur on a production warrant in connection with a case pending against them with the Jugsalai police station since 2014.
Fifty-year-old Anukul and Konika (45) were produced before the court of chief judicial magistrate, GK Tiwary on Friday afternoon and soon after the couple were forwarded to Ghaghidih Central Jail on a 14 days remand.
According to police, the Maity couple embezzled public money worth several crores by duping depositors in his non-banking finance company, ICore E-Services Ltd, based in Kolkata.
Maity, who has garnered money by setting up branch offices in several towns of Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh through a network of agents since the year 2005, was arrested in Kolkata in April 2015 and his wife was arrested later on.
In Jamshedpur too, the accused had opened a branch office on Kalimati Road in Sakchi in 2005. Under branch manager, Prabir Kumar Das, who is presently lodged in Ghaghidih Central Jail, the team had duped over Rs 1.5 crores from two dozen depositors before shutting up his office in 2014.
The victims had lodged an FIR with the Parsudih police station leading the police to arrest Das in September 2014.
One of the depositors, Pappu Sonkar who had filed a complaint with the local court here against the managing directors and other officials of the ICore E-services Ltd, said that the entire team was involved in rigging funds.
He had deposited Rs 10 lakh in January, 2014, getting attracted to the offer of Rs 15 percent interest against fixed deposit.
“We had deposited money on the faith that the company will give good returns. But our dreams thrashed when company wind up their business and flee the steel city,” said Sonkar, who is a small time businessman.
Advocate Vidya Singh, who is pleading on behalf of Sonkar said that there are seven cases pending with Parsudih, Jugsalai and Bagbera police station against Maity, who is the chairman-cum-managing director of the NBFC.
The police sources said they would attract the depositors into the trap by offering them 15 percent interest against fixed deposits.
Initially, they would give the interests to the depositors, but when they had accumulated enough money, they stopped paying the interest and closed the branch offices in August 2014.