A doctor has been arrested for allegedly duping other doctors in the city and Odisha by collecting money from them with false promises of high returns over the past few years.
Police said according to the evidence they have found till now, the accused doctor has duped people to the tune of Rs 12 crore.
Cops said they have received a complaint from a city doctor who has alleged that Uttam Kumar Lenka, a dermatologist, had lured him to invest in stocks of an Odisha based company — Purple Qualves Financial Services Private Limited — owned by Lenka with the promise of high returns.
“Based on the complaint, Lenka was called to Pragati Maidan police station on Monday evening where he was questioned for a few hours. When the charges against him became apparent, he was arrested later that night,” said an officer in the east division.
Lenka, who has specialised in dermatology in Kolkata, has been charged with sections of criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery, fraud and criminal conspiracy.
The sections, if proved before the court, could result in a maximum punishment of seven years of imprisonment.
The police said they have learned during investigation that Lenka would target his colleagues and friend doctors and ask them to invest in his company with the assurance to return the money at a high rate of interest.
“Most of the doctors who fell into the trap could never think that a person whom they know from such close proximity would dupe them. We have found names and details of several doctors from the documents collected from Lenka’s possession who he apparently owes money. We suspect there are more such people who have not reported to police,” said the officer.
The complainant, the police said, had invested last year and got a monthly return for the first few months. However, Lenka became incommunicado since the past eight months, the complainant has purportedly reported to the police.
The police said they have found that Lenka had formed at least one WhatsApp group of doctors who had invested with his company in the past year. There were around 17 members in the WhatsApp group.
An officer said there could be more such groups of doctors or people from other professions whom Lenka may have duped.
The complainant, who had invested Rs 27 lakh in Lenka’s company, had paid the money through three online transactions, which made it easier to prove before the police.
However, there are doctors who have informally told the police that they had paid Lenka in cash and have no official receipts to prove their transactions.