I never forced people to invest, says ‘conman’ Jadeja

June 13th, 2009 - 5:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, June 13 (IANS) Ashok Jadeja, accused of duping large numbers of people of huge sums of money while posing as a godman, says he just ran a scheme of multiplying people’s money without forcing them to invest.
Jadeja told police Saturday that people “voluntarily” offered him money and he had never asked them to invest in his scheme, a crime branch official said here.

Police said they have in their possession a diary that belonged to Jadeja and has names of many investors who are believed to have offered him money.

The details in the diary are being scrutinised to identify the people who offered the money to Jadeja, the official said.

During his interrogation, the alleged conman said he was being hounded by even those who never invested with him.

The crime branch of police have detained for questioning Jadeja’s close relatives to ferret out the truth in the scam, the official added.

Jadeja was arrested May 31 with his wife Neetu in Ahmedabad just when they were trying to flee the city with Rs.1.9 crore (Rs.19 million). He is accused of duping thousands of people in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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