A teenager along with his family was allegedly cheated of Rs 30 lakh by three people on the pretext of giving him a place in IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The family has filed a complaint with the Azad Maidan Police. The 18-year-old boy’s father is a vice-president at a microfinance company, and the family lives in Mulund, as per police.
The teenager had recently joined Karnataka Sports Club in Fort, where he used to go for practice twice a week.
He met Pushkar Tiwari who told him that he had played for Himachal Pradesh as a baller in the state’s cricket team. He advised the boy as to not to try for Maharashtra team as he will have to face cut throat competition. He advised the boy to play from some other states to avoid competition,” as stated by an officer at Azad Maidan police.
Both, Tiwari and the boy, exchanged their phone numbers. This was sometime last month. Weeks later, boy received a call from Tiwari and told him that he knew someone who owns a sports management company and the team KKR is in need of a baller.
Another officer stated that “as suggested by Tiwari, the boy’s father got in touch with the owner of the sports management team over phone who told him that there is a vacancy in the developing squad of the team for which the family has to pay Rs 30 lakh.”
After discussing the matter among themselves and considering the boy’s future in cricket, they decided to pay the amount. They paid the owner of sports company in two installments.
It was told by the sport company’s owner that as IPL begins in April, that is when an agreement of Rs 10 lakh will be made between boy and KKR. But after receiving the amount, the person started avoiding the family’s phone calls. This made the family suspicious and soon released that they have been cheated. Following which the boy’s family registered a case against Tiwari and the owner of sports management company.
The police have registered a case for cheating and are investigating.
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