The mother of Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde has been duped of Rs 2.5 crore by a family property caretaker in Nagpur, a police official said on Wednesday. The accused, Tapas Ghosh (49), was arrested on Tuesday night and a Special Investigation Team of the Nagpur police is looking into the matter under the supervision of DCP Vinita Sahu, he said. The official said CJI Bobde’s mother Mukta Bobde owns the property named ‘Seadon Lawn’, located adjoining their residence near Akashwani Square which is rented to host various events.
Taking advantage of her advanced age and poor health, Ghosh and his wife did not deposit the money they collected by renting out the lawn for various programmes, including marriages, the official said. Mukta Bobde is the owner of the property and the family had appointed Ghosh, a resident of Friends Colony in Nagpur, as its caretaker, he said. He had been managing the Seadon Lawn and looking after the finances for the last 10 years, the official said.
The police formed the SIT which includes officers from the Economic Offences Wing (EoW). On late Tuesday night, an FIR was registered under relevant provisions of the IPC at the Sitabuldi Police Station, he said. Ghosh, who was questioned by the SIT earlier, was subsequently placed under arrest, the official said.