A Special Investigation Team (SIT) late Thursday traced Mansoor Khan, the main accused in the IMA Ponzi scam, to Dubai and persuaded him to return to India. Mansoor Khan who is into duping over 45,000 investors has been on the run since June 7.

On Monday, he had released a video announcing his return to India in 24 hours. Calling his decision to leave the country “a big mistake,” Khan had said that he wants to surrender and be a part of the investigation.

He had also cited medical illness as one of the reasons to come back to India. Interpol had issued a blue corner notice for his step. This arrest comes to a couple of days after the police arrested Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner Vijay Shankar (IAS) for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore. The SIT had served him a notice to depose before it on 15 July, but he sought time till 26 July. The SIT then asked him to be present before it on 19 July.

The Enforcement Directorate, which is currently questioning Mansoor Khan, had filed a case of money laundering against IMA and had summoned the businessman on June 24.
It had also requested the Interpol to issue a Blue Corner Notice, used to locate suspects.
So far 40,000 complaints have been filed against the firm.
Also, nearly 16 arrests including government officials, IMA directors, and religious leaders have been made by the SIT in this fraud case.

Writer: Ritika Rana