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Held for promising admission to medical colleges

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NEW DELHI, AUG. 6. A 36-year-old man has been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi police for allegedly duping several persons on the pretext of getting them admitted to medical colleges. One of his accomplices was arrested earlier on July 12.

According to the police, Piyush Bharati Saini, a resident of Noida and managing director of two fake companies, Sri Sai Vidyapeeth and Disha Educational Consultancy, was arrested from Lajpat Nagar on August 3 and remanded to seven-day police remand.

The police said Saini was involved in a number of cheating cases in the past several years. In the present case, he had advertised in local and national dailies promising confirmed admission in regional medical colleges of Karnataka and Maharashtra. He had demanded Rs. 10 lakhs to 15 lakhs from the aspirants as capitation fees. He had also accepted Rs. 4 to 5 lakhs from the aspirants.

Saini never met the aspirants directly and always accepted the money through demand drafts. He deposited them in accounts opened in different banks.

After dropping out of an engineering course from a Maharashtra college in 1992, Saini opened an office in Model Town in 1993 in the name of M/s ABC Educational Consultants claiming to arrange admissions in medical and engineering courses. He duped several people before shifting his office to South Extension, Part-II. He changed the name of his company and resumed his operations.

Subsequently, he shifted his office to Safdarjung Enclave and remained there from 1995 to May 2001 when he was arrested. He was released on bail and shifted to Noida and again floated a company in the name of Sri Sai Vidyapeeth. Saini was also wanted in a case registered in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

The police said Saini lived a lavish life and used to drive a Honda Accord, which has been seized.

Earlier on July 12, his associate, Rajesh Rajput, was arrested in a similar offence and revealed that Saini was involved in the racket. Of the Rs. 5 lakhs, which Rajput took from an Orissa doctor, Saini had accepted Rs. 1 lakhs.

Further investigations in the case are on and the number of victims was likely to go high.

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