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Murdered actor Kritika Chaudhary’s ex-husband Vijay Dwivedi arrested for Rs 55 lakh fraud

MUMBAI: Vijay Dwivedi (37), former husband of slain actor Kritika Chaudhary, was on Saturday arrested for cheating a film producer of Rs 55 lakh. Amboli police will probe if Dwivedi is linked to Kritika’s killing too. Her family claimed she was being harassed and threatened by her ex-husband a few months before her death.

Her decomposed body was found on June 12 from her Andheri flat. There has been no progress in the murder probe.

Encounter specialist Daya Nayak arrested Dwivedi in Ahmedabad. Police said Dwivedi posed as the son of All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Janardan Dwivedi and is suspected to have knocked out money from many people here. He allegedly took the money from producer Maheshkumar Narula (59) on the pretext of getting government subsidies for his film in early 2016.

Narula, who runs a film production company, GMD Films, shot a film in UP in 2015. During a trip here, he was introduced to Dwivedi through a common acquaintance, Abhishek Dubey. When Narula told Dwivedi he spent Rs 3-4 crore for the shoot, the latter claimed he had contacts in Lucknow and could get him government subsidies. He asked for Rs 55 lakh for the job. In January 2016, Narula met Dwivedi at the latter’s office on New Link Road, Andheri, and agreed to pay the money but despite accepting the sum, he never got subsidies. In February 2016, Narula registered a police complaint.

“Dwivedi used to live in Andheri (W) but later, he shunted between Hyderabad-Ahmedabad,” said senior inspector Bharat Gaikwad. He was produced before a holiday court on Sunday and remanded in police custody till June 27. Police said Dwivedi has other cases of cheating against him too.

When Kritika blocked Dwivedi’s number, she started receiving threat calls from a woman, her family said. “Kritika had confided in our mother that he used to call her. He wanted her to remain friends despite the divorce. He threatened that he would not let her live in Mumbai otherwise. Kritika said she was not interested,” said Deepak, Kritika’s brother. Around a month-and-half ago, a woman started calling her up.

“She threatened Kritika for her relationship with Dwivedi. Kritika clarified she had severed ties with him” Deepak said. “Dwivedi claimed he ran a pest control business in Delhi. But he showed me a premises which belonged to someone else,” he added.




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