Thursday, 22 August 2013

Shreesurya investors complain to cops, EOW-TIMES OF INDIA

Shreesurya investors complain to cops, EOW


NAGPUR: One more investor of the now beleaguered Shreesurya Group has lodged a complaint against its chairman Samir Joshi and his wife Pallavi for having defaulted in their payment. An employee of All India Radio (AIR) Chandrakala Nagotra has invested 9 lakh in Shreesurya's schemes attracted by the astronomical returns offered by promoters.


Nagotra filed three separate complaints on Monday as she is also bracing for a legal battle with Joshis. The first complaint was filed at Dhantoli Police Station as Joshis' residence at Sitabuldi came under its jurisdiction, another at Ganeshpeth police station where Nagotra herself lives and third with Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of local crime branch. She also plans to lodge a compliant with Security and Exchange Board of India ( SEBI), her lawyers Rohan and Mugdha Chandurkar told TOI. However, no offence has been registered against Joshis till date. 

Dhantoli police inspector MF Shende confirmed that the complaint was filed but refused to spell out details of further action. "Currently, I am on another assignment, but we will look into it," he said. Nagotra's lawyers are also planning to file a writ petition in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court if the police failed to act. 

Nagotra could initially recover principal amount of 5 lakh invested into Shreesurya's schemes that promised to double the amount in two years. Later she not only re-invested the returns but also borrowed more money from non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) to further invest in Shreesurya. By that time, the firm had begun defaulting. 

She was assured by Joshis of receiving fabulous returns of 19 lakh on the amount and was given promissory notes and cash vouchers with Sameer Joshi as authorized signatory. She made her daughter Jyoti her nominee of the returns. When her daughter went to collect the interest amount in April this year, they flatly refused to pay. Instead they handed over a notarized statement that due to global slowdown, the group was facing financial crunch and would take about six to eight months to recover. 

In dire need of money to repay the loan secured from NBFCs, she wrote Joshis a registered letter and also visited the office several times. She tried to call Joshi on his personal number (9371136667) but all the attempts failed. Even her daughter Jyoti, who was earlier working with Shreesurya Super Mart, was shown the door, when she queried about getting back interest amount. She was charged with committing theft in the office. 

Nagotra's lawyers stated that she met with Joshi couple at their earlier headquarters in Pratap Nagar in September 2010, and they explained about their various schemes promising good returns. They also presented documents of other people like her who had invested in their schemes and were getting returns. She was told by Joshis that they invested this amount into their various businesses. Lured by their talks, she first invested 10,000 and was offered membership number and a card, which was a part of modus operandi of the group. Afterwards, she started receiving calls from Shreesurya office advising her to invest while assuring her that her deposits were completely safe and she would be given double or triple the interest being offered by banks. 

She was also lured by their family friend named Khandekar who is working with the group. Nagotra alleged that even Khandekar and a majority of employees had invested in group's schemes, including an illegally floated insurance scheme that does not have any permission from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority ( IRDA). She initially invested 5 lakh in 2010 and received 5.70 lakh in return, which prompted her to invest more. 

She claimed many complaints were filed in the police stations against the group. 

Key points

AIR employee Chandrakala Nagotra filed three separate complaints on Monday Despite investing 9L, Nagotra failed to receive the due interest All attempts to get in touch with Shreesurya chief Samir Joshi went in vain When her daughter Jyoti went to enquire about the interest returns, she was charged of theft Nagotra plans to file a case with Economic Offences Wing

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