Kolkata: Doctor forums duped of Rs 23 lakh; event firm blamed | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Phoolbagan police have registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against an event management company operating from south Kolkata for allegedly duping at least three different doctors’ forums. Members of the company had allegedly taken Rs 23 lakh, promising to arrange for a top Bollywood singer, now a judge of a popular reality show, to perform at the end of their conference held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre earlier this month.
The accused even allegedly produced a fake email ID of the singer with the confirmation that she would be performing at the event. When some doctors contacted the singer’s manager a week before the event, they were told that no invitation had been received.
“The Asia Pacific Digestive Week was held from December 12 to 15. It was attended by 5,200 doctors and organized by three different forums — Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Society of GI Endoscopy and Indian National Association for Study of Liver. Over 200 foreign delegates also attended the conference. We had contacted the company in November-end and paid them Rs 23 lakh in three instalments of Rs 7.5 lakh (twice) and Rs 8 lakh. However, a week before the event, when we contacted the singer’s manager along with the copy of confirmation via e-mail, we realised that we had been duped,” said one of the organisers.
“The accused entered into a criminal conspiracy and duped the doctors of Rs 23 lakh on the pretext of bringing a Bollywood singer to their conference. The money was not refunded,” said a police officer. Cops said that they have asked the accused representatives of the company to turn up before an investigation team.
“We are also looking into three alleged banking transactions,” said the officer.

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