A Junagadh man, accused in a Rs 2 crore forgery case, was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the officials of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Ahmedabad on Thursday. A former typist-cum-clerk, he had been evading arrest warrants for quite some time.
The man, identified as Janak Rai Chimanlal Dave, is a resident of Indraprastha at Jalaram Society in Junagadh. He was working as a typist-clerk in the district collectorate where he allegedly forged cheques and withdrew more than Rs 2 crore meant to be distributed among the farmers in lieu of the lands acquired from them.
Dave was posted at the special land acquisition office at the collectorate between 2003 and 2007. He was booked by the local cops for forgery and the case was transferred to the ED to probe the case under PMLA.
”Dave forged signature of authorised officer on the cheques which were to be distributed to the farmers from whom lands were acquired. He issued cheques in the name of himself, his relatives and other acquaintances and amassed more than Rs 2 crore. He used that money to buy movable and immovable properties,” source said.
Following the case, the ED attached his properties, including a house worth Rs 15 lakh in Rajkot, several flats in Junagadh, fixed deposit of Rs 17 lakh and a premium car worth more than Rs 8 lakh. The special designated PMLA court had issued two arrest warrants against him, but the cops failed to trace him. On April 26, the court issued another warrant. “The court specifically ordered our assistant director to trace the accused,” said Sudhir Gupta, special public prosecutor. Dave was sent to judicial custody at Sabarmati Jail.