Number plates scam: Delhi man held in Goa

MARGAO: In a secret and swift operation, the Margao police arrested a Delhi-based businessman, Javed Suhail, on charges of supplying illegal high security number plates to Goa, ostensibly for selling them through a dealer network. The arrest comes after a complaint was filed by the state transport department in with regards to this matter.

Suhail, one of the directors of Gutsav Systems, was arrested in the Viverk Vahola locality of the capital in the early hours of Monday, police sources informed. He was said to be in possession of large amounts of the illegal number plates.

The transport department had earlier lodged a complaint with the Margao police against Gutsav Safety Systems for supplying number plates in Goa through some dealers without getting prior authorisation from state authorities.

Based on specific leads, a team of police officials from Margao police station led by PI Chandesh Phundankar and PSI Ravi Payel rushed to Delhi on Sunday to arrest the accused. The police were tight-lipped over the strategy they adopted to accomplish the mission.

Such was the secrecy maintained by the Margao police that no official information was forthcoming about the arrest and whereabouts of the arrested accused throughout Monday. Information, however, trickled in bits and pieces only later in the evening, though it could not be confirmed where the accused was lodged after he was brought to Goa from Delhi.

Margao PI Santosh Desai, when contacted late Monday evening, said the accused Suhail would soon be produced before the magistrate for obtaining the remand for police custody.

Following the arrest of Suhail, the Margao police arrested one Conrad Williams from Vasco who was allegedly engaged in illegal selling of number plates supplied by Gutsav Safety Systems, police sources informed. More arrests in this connection are likely, a police source informed.

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