Guwahati, Oct. 3: Mumbai police have sought the help of their counterparts here to arrest two owners of a medicine distribution firm in connection with a Rs 10.18-crore fraud case registered with Osiwara police station by a Mumbai-based pharma company in December last year.
An inspector of Osiwara police station has written to the officer-in-charge of Panbazar police station here saying the two accused — Gautam Banerjee and Pranav Kumar Banerjee — partners of M/S Candid Drugs Distributors based here, have been evading arrest. Their applications for anticipatory bail were rejected by the Supreme Court on September 26.
Mumbai police had launched a search for the two after a medicine company, M/S Unicam Laboratories Limited, lodged an FIR on December 7 complaining that the Guwahati-based firm had failed to pay arrears bill to the tune of Rs 10.18 crore despite repeated reminders. Based on the FIR, the police registered a case (376/12) under Sections 409, 420, 468, 471 and 34 IPC. The two have been accused of cheating, criminal breach of trust and forgery.
Sources told The Telegraph today the firm was a cost and freight agency of the Mumbai-based company and used to distribute medicines across the Northeast. They had a long business relation but it failed to pay the pending bills despite the company sending medicines. “When the Mumbai company strictly asked the firm about the pending bills, the two accused submitted some fake documents saying the bills were pending with the distributors. But the company later came to know that the Guwahati firm was cheating them and so lodged an FIR in December seeking police help,” a source said.
The two accused, however, could not be contacted for comment as they were absconding.
A police team from Osiwara visited Guwahati on July 2 and raided the firm’s office on Motilal Nehru Road here in Panbazar and residences of the two accused who escaped before the team reached.
Sources said the Mumbai police team had seized some documents in connection with the case. In the meantime, the accused had moved the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail as a similar petition was rejected by Bombay High Court. The apex court on September 26 dismissed their petition. The police team from Osiwara police station again visited Guwahati yesterday to arrest the two but they had escaped.
“In this case, the two accused are evading arrest. The Supreme Court dismissed their anticipatory bail plea on September 26. It is therefore requested that, if found, please arrest the two accused and inform Osiwara police station,” said the letter written by the inspector to the officer-in-charge of Panbazar police station.