Diamond cheat gets heavier, gives police twice the slip
MUMBAI: After failing to recognize a suspect in a Rs 1-crore
diamond cheating case on two occasions because he had gained
weight, the BKC police finally nabbed him from Bhayander on
The suspect, Nilesh Shah (43), was caught within a week after diamond merchant Hardik Sallya (27) filed a complaint alleging that he had duped him in 2017. After getting a tip-off that Shah was living with his second wife in Bhayander, additional commissioner of police (west region) Manoj Sharma set up a team, including zonal DCP Anil Kumbhare, BKC senior inspector Kalpana Gadekar and sub-inspector V Panmand. But the police failed to recognize Shah twice when he visited a place near Maxus Mall. “We didn’t recognize him first as he has gained weight,” said a police officer.
Sallya said Shah first bought diamonds from him in small quantities to gain his trust. “On June 1, 2017, he took diamonds in huge quantity and said would pay later. After five days, he took more diamonds on a credit period of 40 days and gave ID and address proofs. After 40 days, when I called on his phone, it was switched off and his office was shut.” Sallya said he waited for Shah to return to his rented BKC office for two years, and finally filed a complaint. An officer said: “It is suspected that Shah has sold the diamonds in Hong Kong, where he worked with a diamond trader till 2011.” In 2012, the DB Marg police had arrested Shah in two similar cases.