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  • Published 12.10.11

Guwahati, Oct. 11: Assam police are expecting a breakthrough in its investigation into the multi-crore Unipay2u scam with the arrest of one of the prime accused in Bangalore.

A CID team which is probing the case will leave for Bangalore tomorrow to bring the accused, Sudharshan T, here for interrogation.

“Questioning of the accused, who would be brought here on transit remand, is expected to shed light on their mode of operation,” a police source said.

Sudharshan, 44, is the general manager of Unipay2u India.

According to the source, he was arrested by police from RT Nagar in Bangalore recently.

Unipay2u, which is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, had allegedly collected deposits to the tune of around Rs 500 crore from thousands of unsuspecting people in the state through their agents promising to double the amount in 10 months.

“The investigation revealed that Unipay2u had induced a large number of people to invest in the company promising them astronomical returns, but the company officials and their agents did the vanishing act without making any payment to the depositors,” the source said.

In this connection, the CID has registered a case and investigation is on.

The source said that they were also on the lookout for a Unipay2u agent, Pranab Jyoti Barman, who is also a prime accused in the case.

He said the company had started its operations in Assam in 2009 and abruptly wound up the company’s affairs without giving any intimation to the depositors in mid-2010.

“We may get some important clues on the whereabouts of Barman, their modus operandi, financial dealings and investments made by them after interrogating Sudharshan,” the source said.

According to the source, Sudharshan and Barman had also allegedly smuggled gold weighing around 30 kg into the country from Malaysia.

He said that the CID has recently attached three plots of land belonging to Barman in the city.

The CID suspects that he had bought these plots with ill-gotten money he made from the Unipay2u scam.