15 cases of fraud in India against 'Bunty-Babli' arrested in London

LUCKNOW: The husband-wife duo of Delhi arrested in London for an export of Rs 1.76 million in, UP, was never oblivious to the lies and deception it seems.

The Economic Crime Wing (EOW) of the UP Police encountered 15 cases registered against Vir Karan Awasthi (51) and Reetika Awasthi (49) throughout the country.

The couple launched their export company, Bush Foods Overseas Private Limited, in 2013 after failing in the real estate business. The EOW is investigating other possible fraudulent agreements reached by the company. There are also reports that the two scammed nine banks in India from a huge crore 650 rupees.

General Director (EOW) Rajendra Pal Singh told TOI that of the 15 cases of fraud and dishonesty, four were registered only in Bulandshahr. Two more have been reported in Hapur and one has been registered in Meerut. Outside of UP, three cases are registered in Haridwar , two in Punjab and two in Delhi. Another case is registered with EOW (Delhi).

In the 15 FIRs, Vir Karan and Reetika are named defendants. Around 40 helpers are also named in total. In five of these cases, the investigation is pending; in two, the charge sheet has been submitted; and in three others, the police of the state in question presented a final report.

EOW (UP Police) awaits the deportation of the couple who was arrested at Mayfair in London on October 9. Vir Karan had fled to London shortly after the FIR in Bulandshahr in 2015.

Reetika joined him in 2016 after the Supreme Court allowed him to travel abroad, supposedly for medical treatment, for a bond of Rs 86 lakh. She never returned, which caused the EOW to approach Interpol to receive a red warning.