Sunday, December 29, 2013

Charge-sheet filed in Speak Asia case

Two years after the crime branch of Mumbai Police registered a case in the Rs 2,276 crore Speak Asia scam, police on Thursday filed a charge-sheet.

"We have filed a charge-sheet running into more than 5,000 pages against 13 office-bearers and franchisees and eight companies," said a police officer.

Speak Asia promoters started an online marketing survey company in March 2010. It asked investors to deposit Rs 11,000 and fill survey forms of some multinational firms; on successful submission of surveys, they were promised Rs 52,000 in return.

Initially the company paid the investors, but later it wound up its business, duping scores of people.

Police sources said the charge-sheet was filed against company's COO Tarak Bajapai; Rajiv Mehrotra, director of Tulsiyat Tek; prime franchisees Deepankar Sarkar, Ashish Dandekar, Raeesh Shaikh, Rahul Shah, Sanjiv Dandona, and several others, besides SpeakAsia online, Haren Ventures Pvt Ltd, Tulsiyat Tek, Tulsient Info System, Kritanj Management and Allied Services, Seamless Outsourcing, Seven Rings Education and Seven Rings International.