Local TV channel chief held for duping people of Rs 70 lakh in Hyderabad, Rs 8 lakh, SUV recovered

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He allegedly duped 40 people offering them housing plots in Nizampet and Kaithalapur and collected up to Rs 1.70 lakh from each of them

The Cyberabad police arrested the chairman of local television channel on charges of duping people of about Rs 70 lakh offering them houses being built by the Telangana government.

The accused identified as Guthula Prashanth, is a resident of KPHB 9th phase in Hyderabad and a native of Nadimilanka Village in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, said Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar.

The accused is the chairman of a local TV channel, Vision Channel.

Following a complaint, the police arrested him and seized a Mahindra XUV, a laptop, smartphone, eight fake 2BHK house allotment letters and Rs 8,00,000 in cash from his possession.

Police said that Prashanth lured people into his trap after gaining their trust and he allegedly promised them to provide double bedroom houses in Nizampet and Kaithalapur. The police further said that the accused allegedly convinced the people that the plots were allocated by the state government to the journalists and claimed that he could allocate those housing plots to the people.

As part of this, he asked 40 people to submit copies of their Aadhaar cards, photos along with electricity bills of their current address.

Prashanth allegedly collected between Rs 1.55 lakh and Rs 1.70 lakh from each victim for the housing plots, the police said.

Later, the accused distributed them copies of fake allotment order in the name of Telangana Housing (RH & C.A1) Department, police said. He allegedly collected money from 40 people living in Kukatpally, KPHB colony, Bachupally  and Miyapur of Hyderabad.

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