The son of a former AIIMS director has been arrested for allegedly duping an NRI by selling her a car that he had already mortgaged for a bank loan. Mukul Paul Taneja, who comes from a wealthy family, used to live a lavish life out of loans taken against his properties.
The crime branch arrested him after the NRI had filed a complaint with the help of a British MP. Taneja, she alleged, had sold her a Renault Duster with a VIP number from Uttarakhand. But Taneja started threatening her when she, after paying Rs 10.5 lakh, asked him to transfer the car in her name. The woman then checked the legal documents and found it had been mortgaged for Rs 9.99 lakh.
“We arrested him from Munirka and he confessed during interrogation,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner (crime).
Police said Taneja, who had a BBA degree, initially tried to get away by flaunting his high-profile connections with politicians. He said his mother, Nirmal Taneja, was the director of AIIMS in 1989 while his father had held a senior position at a private company. He also claimed to have gone to the UK on a scholarship.
In 1996, he started a garment export company, MGA Exports, after working with a private company from 1992 to 1995. In 1998, he got married to a girl from Dholpur in Rajasthan. Taneja also said he started a hotel with J&K Development Corporation in 2001 but incurred huge losses. He had also suffered a huge loss in commodity trading. Few Bollywood movies, financed by him, had also flopped, following which he started writing books posing as a management guru.
Taneja, cops said, owned several luxury cars-an Audi-A6, a Swift Dzire, a Suzuki Kizashi, a Renault Duster, a Volkswagen Polo and a Ford EcoSport-with finances from different banks. He then took loans against these cars and a Rs 70-lakh loan on his bungalow.
A case of cheating has been registered against Taneja.