Meghalaya: Garo Hills’ NGOs file complaint against trader for fraud

Meghalaya: Garo Hills’ NGOs file complaint against trader for fraud

From Our Correspondent

Tura, Mar 20, 2018

NGOs of Garo Hills, including GSU, FKJGP, Association for Democracy and Empowerment (ADE) and Achik Youth Welfare Organization (AYWO) today filed a complaint against a trader for posing as a chartered accountant despite not being one.

The NGOs took the trader in question before handing him over to the authorities and filing a complaint against him for defrauding a local businessman as well as others from the town on the pretext of doing business with them.

Vivek Agarwal, a proprietor of GLR Pharmacy had been under the scanner of the NGOs for quite some time after complaints made to them of wrong doing.

"He was posing as a chartered accountant despite not being one. He was even able to convince a few doctors of being a CA and got work to audit books of a hospital. He was also using the modus operandi to pose with potential businessmen through partnerships before pushing them out of the firm and keeping the profits," said FKJGP president, Pritam Marak.

The NGOs have sought a cancellation of the license of the pharmacy owned by Agarwal and his family and have written to the CEM of GHADC to take steps to ensure the same was done.

WGH police have also begun an inquiry into the matter after the case became known and are awaiting an FIR from the NGOs to act on the case.

"The indigenous partner in his business had invested a significant amount of money but was shut out from the business. All of them were supposed to get a share of the partnership but he was denied. When he sought to review the accounts (as it was being kept secret) a theft was staged and the computer and books allegedly stolen," added Tengsak G Momin, the GSU president.

According to the NGOs, the profits were being parked in other bank accounts other than the one in the partnership.

"The harassment to an indigenous person, to the point of hustling him out of the business is very strongly looked down upon. We take serious cognizance of this insult," added Tengsak.

On Agarwal posing as a CA, the NGOs stated that it was a case of fraud and cheating. "This perfidious person must be arrested and his firm shut down.

The NGOs made two demands in the case, asking first for the TNT of Agarwal to be cancelled as well as that of his family to be withdrawn as there were 3 TNTs for the same business and as such was illegal.

A source also added that a similar case had earlier been filed against Agarwal in Shillong.

The NGOs have further promised to fight the case until their demands were met.

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