HYDERABAD — Victims of the Ponzi scheme on Friday urged the authorities to arrest all 33 accused in Heera group’s Rs 50,000 crore scam. Whistleblower and president of the All India Heera Victims Association, Shahbaz Ahmed Khan said so far the police have arrested only accused while rest are still at large.
He said the police have identified about 3000 marketing executives (MEs) and direct sales agents (DSA) as well as a host of clerics from India and abroad who mislead investors. Besides this, several Bollywood actors, politicians also identified but not yet questioned. Several cases are registered in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala & Karnataka, he added.
Several agencies like ED, SFIO, CCS Hyderabad, CCB Banglore, EOW Maharashtra, EOW Kerala, CID Andhra Pradesh have been investigating but no arrests have been made so far in this connection except the arrest of Nowhera Sheikh, CEO, Heera group.
Mrs Sheikh was arrested on October 16, 2018, and has been put in police and judicial custody by the police in four states while in other states like West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, and Tamil Nadu, the police did not register FIRs of the investors. He said the police of these states are not following the Supreme Court guidelines given in the Lalita Kumari case, 2015.
Khan also alleged that Heera group agents on social media and through phones threatening investors to withdraw their complaints.
Describing the Heera group scam as the mother of all scams which has roots in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Gulf region and Europe, he said most of the cleric promoters and accused have fled the country. He pointed out that in the IMA Jewels scam, SIT Bangalore has arrested several clerics, agents of IMA chief Mansoor Khan who fled the country and a RED corner notice also issued against him.
Why these agencies do not arrest or issue notices to promoters, clerics, political leaders, ME, DSA, actors and their family members who were made accused in the Heera scam?, he asked.