Her dreams were big. But the fraud turned out bigger.
When 20-year-old aspiring model Manmit Kaur Singh’s friend Ananya Chaudhury spoke about introducing her to Gandhinagar GIFT City “owner,” Kaur was excited.
A resident of Chandkheda, Kaur, a third-year BBA student got wings beneath her wings and agreed to meet up with GIFT City “owner” Viraj Shah. As it turned out, on June 16, Shah offered Kaur the prospects of modelling for his brand in GIFT City and in Dubai for a whopping Rs 12.80 lakhs. She was offered a three-year contract, with the initial shoot scheduled for four days, split between the two cities.
“Kaur was over the moon. She readily agreed without even checking on the big claim of being GIFT City owner,” shared a police insider while narrating the sequence of events that led to the fraud.
Realizing how naïve Kaur was, Shah tried to win her confidence by his plan. “He suggested that she transfer Rs 50,000 that night to his account so that when the big amount is transferred, suspicions are not raised. After she did as was told, Shah extracted another Rs 20,000,” shared the official from Chandkheda PS.
However, despite the movement of Rs 70,000 from Kaur’s account to Shah’s, no ad shoot happened. Sensing the fraud, Kaur then lodged an FIR with the Chandkheda PS last week.
Kaur lives with her family at Shardakripa Society and her father works in an oil field company in Rajasthan. Her friend Ananya, whose role is also being probed, is a model at south Bopal.