Police confirm Virat Kohli not linked to call centre scam in any way, car sale to kingpin was incidental
An Audi R8 recovered from the capital belonged to scam kingpin Sagar Thakkar.
A recent call centre scam, which shook the very core of Thane’s IT ecosystem has a new twist. The scam’s absconding kingpin, Sagar Thakkar a.k.a Shaggy owned an Audi R-8, which belonged to current Indian national cricket team Test Captain Virat Kohli. However, City Police confirmed to Sportskeeda that Kohli had no connection to this particular case whatsoever.
A source within Thane Police said, “According to our investigation, Shaggy’s girlfriend is a huge Virat Kohli fan. As a gesture on her birthday, he wanted to surprise her with this gift as it belonged to the cricketer. The exact price of the vehicle is Rs 3 crore, which is the ongoing market price. However, Virat’s representatives sold the car for Rs 2.5 crore to him. Both the cricketer and his representatives were in touch with him about the car’s sale, but were completely unaware about his background. It is purely co-incidental.”
Shaggy has been traced back to Dubai, where he is hiding with his sister Reema, who is allegedly also involved with the scam. Our source added, “The car was seized in Delhi, and we are currently in the process of bringing it back to Thane.”
These fake call centre have been found in Ahmedabad and the Mira Road-Bhyander belt. Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh also confirmed the incident to Sportskeeda. He said, “Please don’t blow the matter out of proportion, there is no way Virat or his representatives would know that he was running a racquet. It is a purely co-incidental matter.”
Earlier this week, the US Justice Department found 61 people guilty of fraud, including 11 American citizens. Our source added, “He is currently in Dubai and we are trying to get him here. In terms of official status, he is absconding.”
Sagar is a native of Borivali in Mumbai but moved to Ahmedabad at a young age. It was during this time, that he learned the tricks of the trade, before eventually opening up as many as 12 fake call centres.