Ponzi Schemes in Pune:
The other day I attended a meeting of investors duped by Nitin Rajaram Narke of Blue Chip Corporation / Investment. Frustrated investors had invited Mr. Vijay Sagar, Ms. Seema Bhakare & Ms. Veena Dixit of Grahak Margadarshan Kendra - Consumer Guidance Center - of Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat Pune to guide them to recover money lost in the ponzi scheme.
Pretending that he earns huge profits in the share market, Nitin Narke lured thousands of naive investors in Pune. He promised them to give 10 per cent returns per month - in cash - if they invest in the share market through him. Tempted to earn easy money every month, thousands of investors gave thousands of crores to Narke. Only against the security of a postdated cheque.
For the first few months, Narke went on giving 10 per cent returns. Those who received cash, brought in their friends, relatives, colleagues, and coworkers. However, suddenly Narke stopped giving monthly returns. Investors got upset. They deposited his security cheques in their banks. Narke's cheques bounced. Investors panicked. Ransacked his office. Lodged police complaint. Police caught him at his office in Magarpatta. But Narke got out on bail. Started running his business as if nothing has happened.
Helpless investors joined hands. Started meeting regularly. Went on trying all possible ways to recover their money. Even approached SEBI. Which refused to interfere in the matter conducted under the name of a different company. Investors had lost face. Some lost faith and committed suicide. Others went on living. Avoiding to face their near & dear ones. Looking at Nitin Narke moving around in his fancy SUV.
"How can someone believe in 10 per cent per month returns?," I asked Mr. Vijay Sagar.
"Same way you believe in Proposed N A Plots," said Mr. Vijay Sagar.
"Isn't it financially & practically impossible to get such high returns in share market?," I asked.
"Still you invest in property - as if the builder's real business is to make you rich," said Mr. Sagar.
"But isn't it risky to give your hard earned money against the postdated cheque?," I asked.
"Are the clauses in the flat agreement to protect you or the builder?," said Sagar and added that,"At this point of time, there is no point in talking about ponzi scheme. Let us focus on how to recover money lost in ponzi scheme"
The first step is, to collect data of all duped investors. Then let us form a task force to lead the campaign. Mr. Sagar went on explaining the strategy to recover money. And I realized why Vijay Sagar invited me for this meeting. Scams may be different but the ways to recover your lost money are the same. Today it is about investing in share market. Tomorrow it will be about investing in proposed N A Plot!
Yesterday, I read Mr. Vijay Kumbhar's blog on chit fund scams. Mr. Kumbhar has held government agencies responsible for these ponzi schemes. When I talked to Mr. Kumbhar about 'Proposed N A Plots Schemes in & around Pune', he said that the government agencies' negligence becomes protection for those who sell agriculture land to investors. Naive investors don't realize that it's a "scam". Not an investment offer!
"Government agencies negligence or reluctance to stop - is taken as recognition - and investors believe that at some point of time this agricultural land will be converted to Non Agriculture - N A. Not only that - the land developers announce that - soon - the government is going to change the present agriculture zone into residential zone - still the government agencies keep mum! Now, tell me, who is responsible for these Proposed N A Plots Scams?," said Mr. Kumbhar.
"OK. Let us assume that from tomorrow government agencies stop ignoring Proposed N A Plots Schemes. Then what will happen?," I asked.
"The court will cancel all 'documents' of Proposed N A Plots Schemes - because -
1 - In Maharashtra, only a farmer can buy agriculture land.
2 - You can not divide agriculture land into small portions - pieces - into 1,000 - 2,000 - 3,000 sq.ft. plots!," said Mr. Kumbhar.
"And - as predicted by the developer - let us assume - down the line - the zone becomes residential and land gets N A Order - then what will happen?," I asked.
"Then 2 things can happen.
1 - the original land owner will bring stay order on the scheme from the court - alleging that the developer has committed some fraud - the documents were forged or something like that - it happens all the time - we read these news items every day.
2 - at gun point - the developer will force all investors to surrender their plots - of course, against non negotiable - fixed compensation - to some builder - that's how the land was procured for the schemes in Wakad, Baner & Balewadi - we all know!," said Mr. Kumbhar.
"It means that - from today itself - the investors should start considering - how to recover money lost in proposed N A Plots schemes!," I said.
What say you?
Are you going to wait till you are officially duped or
trying to get your money back today?
Please, share your plan in the comments.
Whatever may be your decision, please, save this contact information now -
Grahak Margadarshan Kendra
(Free Consumer Guidance Center)
Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat Pune
opposite Hotel Kalpana and Hotel Vishwa,
near Sarasbaug, Pune 411 030.
Monday & Wednesday
1730 to 1930
Vilas Lele - 9823132172
Seema Bhakre - 9860368123
Vijay Sagar - 9422502315
Thaksen Pore - 9850525276
Veena Dixit - 9819660991
Srikant Joshi - 9850059020
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