Vadodara: Yet another complaint has come to light against the already controversial Sumandeep Vidyapeeth owner Mansukh Shah, whose properties have been attached by the Enforcement Directorate in money laundering and bribery cases.This time the cheating case has been lodged with the Waghodia police.
A Jamnagar resident Prakash Ahir, told the police that in 2011 Mansukh Shah had asked him for Rs. 10.86 lakhs for his younger brother’s admission into an MBBS course, on the promise that if the lad got admission in a government medical college the payment would be returned to him. He then asked Ahir to submit the documents to then registrar NN Shah and his personal assistant Vipul Pandya on June 27, 2011.
On submission of documents, Ahir gave a receipt for Rs. 86,000. After a month when Ahir’s brother got admission in Karamsad Medical College, Ahir went to Sumandeep Vidyapeeth and asked Mansukh for the promised sum to be returned, as his brother had got admission in a government college.
Ironically, the schemer returned all the documents and certificates and informed him that a check of Rs. 86,000 would reach his house by post. Taken aback at Mansukh’s reply, Ahir reminded him of his promise to return the entire sum of Rs. 10.86 lakhs. However, Mansukh, his son Dikshit and NN Shah threatened him with dire consequences, if he pursued the matter.
Ahir while making the statement to the Waghodia police, confessed that he maintained a silence all these years on the issue, as he was apprehensive about Shah’ s political connections.
Shah’s arrest in other money laundering and bribery cases, made him feel encouraged to report the matter in March. He also approached the anti-corruption bureau the same month. However, since the matter was related to cheating he finally approached the Waghodiya police.
“Ahir’s case against Shah is different from the graft case. Ahir had shown readiness to pay the money and therefore we are probing it differently,” said a police official of Vadodara rural police to the TOI.