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May 16, 2009

One arrested on cheating charges

The Organised Crime Unit of the Crime Branch – Central Investigation Department (CB-CID) arrested a person on the charges of cheating 300 persons to the tune of Rs. 160 each.The accused is identified as Saravanan Karuppasamy, who claimed himself to be the Chief Executive Officer of World Human Rights Commission.On February 7, he called for a press conference at the Coimbatore Press Club.

Following doubts about his credentials, the mediapersons informed the Race Course Police and preferred a complaint.Even as the inquiries were on, the district administration preferred a complaint against him for using two rooms at the Circuit House by claiming himself to be an official from a Government agency. The accused obtained anticipatory bail in this case.The case was transferred to the CB-CID under instructions from the State Human Rights Commission, which took suo moto cognisance of the incident through media reports.

Additional Director-General of Police Archana Ramasundaram, Inspector-General of Police K.P. Mahendran and DIG of Police S.N. Seshasayee ordered an inquiry into the incident under the supervision of Superintendent of Police A. Arun.Deputy Superintendent of Police Sambasivam and Inspector Cedric Manuel took up investigations.The investigations led to V. Krishnakumar (34) of Kattur who had complained that Saravanan Karuppasamy along with Dr.Sakthi visited Coimbatore several times and had collected Rs. 160 each as subscription from 300 persons running close to Rs. 1 lakh.

Based on the complaint, the CB-CID registered a case and arrested him.He was remanded to judicial custody.The police added that the accused had visited Mettupalayam, Valparai, Madurai, Chennai and cheated many persons.Public are requested to be cautious about such fraudulent persons.In the event of any information, they can contact 2303302 and mobile number 99942-77774.

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