The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has begun investigation into the alleged fraud committed by a few influential persons in the enrolment of members to the Andhra Club in T.Nagar.
The Andhra Club, under aegies of the Andhra Social and Cultural Association (ASCA) on Vijaya Raghava Road in T. Nagar, has approximately 4,000 members.
The membership is strictly restricted to persons whose mother tongue is Telugu.
Those who wish to join the club should request the managing committee, which will decide on the application.
A few other individuals of social standing are permitted only as honorary members for a definite period.
The membership fee is ₹5 lakh for ordinary members and ₹7 lakh for life-members. There is a special scheme under which kith and kin of any lifetime and ordinary members shall be admitted straightaway as a member on a concessional fee, without any scrutiny and waiting period.
However, a few parent members had misused this scheme and had sponsored strangers as their wards.
‘Made wrongful gains’
The motive behind such an act was to secure a concessional entrance fee and a trouble-free entry into the club.
S. Visveswara Reddy and two other members, Dilip Vadlamudi and Sashidhar Reddy, recently lodged a complaint with the CCB.
Mr. Visveswara Reddy said, “Nearly 45 parent members have, in this way, unscrupulously inducted about 89 strangers as their children under the parent-children quota membership scheme. By doing so, the parent members and the strangers have made a wrongful gain to the tune of nearly ₹90.86 lakh and correspondingly the ASCA has suffered a wrongful loss.”
Mr. Reddy claimed that since the association failed to initiate criminal action against those persons, he forwarded the complaint to the CCB to register the FIR and proceed with investigation.
Inspector B. Dhanalakshmi registered a case under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and took up the investigation.