Borivali auto showroom owner dupes 40 buyers: Shuts shop overnight, flees with advance payments
Police have booked the owner of an automobile showroom in Borivali for allegedly cheating dozens of buyers and absconding with at least Rs 20 lakh paid in advance towards two-wheeler bookings.
The owner of Jayna Auto World had allegedly taken advance payment from 40 to 60 buyers and fled with the money when the bikes were due for delivery. The multi-brand store was located in Aditya Apartment near Chikuwadi Signal at Link Road, Borivali (W).
According to an official with Borivali police, the store’s owner Sanjay Jain took hefty advance payments from customers in lieu of delivering their two-wheelers around Diwali.
When customers called to confirm the date of delivery, Jain assured them their bikes would arrive on time. Those who were promised delivery before Diwali were asked to wait a few more days.
However, when some of the customers visited the store before Diwali, they found it shut. Attempts at reaching Jain on phone were also in vain. Subsequently, multiple buyers approached Borivali police station and filed a complaint against Jain.
“The owner of Jayna Auto World, Sudhir Jain, is a big fraud and has cheated many people. He took lakhs of rupees and ran away. 40 people, including me, have filed FIR against him at Borivali police station,” an infuriated customer, Punit Shukal, has alleged.
Meanwhile, Borivali police has booked Jain under sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code and is currently on the lookout for him.
Incidentally, there are multiple bike showrooms in and around Borivali which are named or sound similar to ‘Jayna’.
Since the other stores have been conducting genuine business for a while, it is likely that Jain tried to manipulate customers by capitalising on their brand name.