BOLLYWOOD actress Priyanka Chopra’s former personal assistant (PA), Arvind Upadhyay, has been arrested by L T Marg police in a case for cheating. Upadhyay was earlier arrested for stealing Priyanka Chopra’s costly wrist watch.
On August 22, 2014 L T Marg police arrested Upadhyay. His wife Santoshee Upadhyay is also accused in the matter. She is absconding.
“We had arrested Upadhyay under sections 406, 420 and 34 of the IPC for cheating to several people. Later he was released,” said an officer from L T Marg police station.
According to police Upadhyay (36) a resident of Akash Nidhi apartment, Ramdev park road, Mira Road, Thane district was earlier arrested by Samata Nagar police in Kandivali for stealing Priyanka Chopra’s Tag Heuer watch. After the incident Priyanka Chopra booted him out from the job.
Later, in February 2013 Upadhyay and his wife floated a multi-solution company by name ‘Santoshee Associates’ having office at Tanmay building, Hetal Park, Mira Road (east).
Upadhyay told people that he has purchased a plot (amounting Rs 2 crore) at Ghodbunder road in Thane. Showing the plot’s paper he offered that if anyone invested money in his scheme he will return 1.5 percent within a month. As he was Priyanka Chopra’s former personal assistant, trusting him more than 100 people invested crore of rupees.
A month passed but Upadhyay did not return the money as he had promised his investors. The investors started demanding their money back. One of them was Balkishan Pathak alias B K a resident of Singhania building, Dadiseth Agyari Lane, Kalbadevi. Pathak (36) owns a business in the name of Kishan Distributors at Dhobi Talav. He has invested Rs 1, 00,000.
After repeated attempts Upadhyay issued cheque to all investors but stopped the payment at all times. Fed up with this on June 4, 2014 Pathak complained (copy available with ABI) to L T Marg police station. After a long investigation on August 1, 2014 police registered FIR against Upadhyay and his wife Santoshee. On August 22, 2014 police arrested him.
On November 28, 2007 Samta Nagar police, Kandivali had arrested Upadhyay on the complaint of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Upadhyay was then her personal assistant.
Chopra was shooting for one of her film ‘Chamku’ at Thakur College in Kandivili. Chopra had kept her Tag Heuer watch (worth of Rs 1, 00,000) and other personal belongings in her vanity van infront of other staffs Rajesh Patil , Kishore Bhandare, Meenal Sharma, Praveena Marolia, Shefali Dave and Sheetal Wake. She had told Upadhyay to take care of it while she was shooting.
A little later Upadhyay went on shooting spot and informed Chopra that the watch was missing.
Chopra returned to her van. She checked and couldn’t find her expensive watch. She suspected on Upadhyay. On November 28, 2007 she registered FIR (copy available with ABI) under section 379 of IPC in Samata Nagar police station. During the investigation Upadhyay admitted that he had indeed taken her watch. Police arrested Upadhyay for theft.
Samata Nagar police had again arrested Upadhyay suspecting that he had stolen a mobile phone. He was released after police found that he was not involved in crime.