Kalra from Delhi and Miglani from Bangalore have had pocketed lakhs of rupees through the MLM scheme and organised several training camps to lure investors. Both were intercepted by immigration authorities as their names were on a look out circular issued by EOW
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police arrested Sandeep Kalra and Hitesh Miglani, senior independent representative (IR or agents) of controversial multi-level marketing (MLM) company QNet. Both were picked up from Delhi International Airport. Meanwhile, the MLM and its leaders are also booked under the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 as well for selling plastic and glass products terming them miraculous objects for treating severe diseases like Cancer.
Kalra and Miglani were intercepted by immigration authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi last night, say media reports. Both belong to the ‘Infiniti’ team at QNet and part of V-Elite leader’s team.
The duo, who arrived from Dubai in separate flights, was stopped at the airport as Look Out Circulars (LOC) were issued against them by the EOW probing the case.
The two suspects, who were suspected to have had pocketed lakhs of rupees through the scheme and organised several training camps to lure investors, have been subsequently brought to the metropolis and placed under arrest this evening, police said.
The LOCs have been issued against those whose statements have been necessitated in the probe but did not appear before the investigators despite summons.
Kalra hails from Delhi while Miglani is from Bangalore, police said adding that this is the first arrest of those against whom LOCs had been issued.
The EOW had earlier arrested 15 persons for allegedly duping investors by selling QNet products, including magnetic disks, herbal products and holiday schemes, through allegedly fraudulent means.
The EOW has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) against the company which has denied any wrongdoing on its part.
QNet has also been accused of using the banned binary pyramid business model. An FIR in the case was registered in August in 2013. The accused had been charged with cheating and forgery under relevant sections of the Prize, Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.
EOW booked 19 accused including Michael Ferreira, the former world champion of billiards and five companies related with QNet, under the MPID Act. This means all the cases against QNet, Vihaan and all those involved in the MLM scam would be heard before the special MPID Court. Until now, the accused were being investigated for cheating and forgery under the Prize, Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978, and for money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri in his first information report (FIR) stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. Anand told the police, “They (IRs) had said that one of the bio-products my wife bought could be used to treat my 12-year-old son's brain-related diseases.”