Cuttack: The Crime Branch on late Tuesday arrested a man on charges of duping an Assam professor to the tune of Rs 69 lakh on the pretext of availing admission for his daughter’s admission into a private medical college of Bhubaneswar in management quota.
Soumyakanta Mohanty (34), the main accused, and three others had collected nearly Rs 69 lakh from Silchar Medical College professor Sujit Nath Choudhury in phases in 2015 and 2016.
Reportedly, Mohanty was wanted in Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in five separate admission fraud cases.
As per police report, Prof Choudhary had visited a private medical hospital and college in 2015 with the hope of getting an admission for his daughter there. Through his acquaintance he met Mohanty and his accomplices who promised the naïve Professor that he would avail a seat for the girl in management quota.
With the assurance, Prof Choudhary immediately paid Rs 2 lakh in cash and later deposited Rs 51 lakh through RTGS in the account of the accused in July 2015. Later another Rs 2 Lakh was transferred directly to the account of another accused Raghunath Behera in May 2016.
When no MBBS seat was arranged, Prof Choudhary demanded his money be returned for which Mohanty issued four post-dated cheques of Rs 10 lakh each. The cheques bounced. After much deliberation, Rs 1 lakh was transferred to Professor’s account in two instalments.
After this Prof Choudhary was unable to reach the accused and hence filed a complaint.
Based on prima facie evidence, the Crime Branch arrested Mohanty. His properties were also seized and they will be forwarded to court today.