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Delhi’s Khan Chacha Restaurant Owner Arrested In Oxygen Scam Case

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Over 500 oxygen concentrators had been recovered from three Khan Market eating places (File)

New Delhi:

Delhi-based businessman Navneet Kalra, accused of promoting oxygen concentrators at massively inflated costs, has been arrested from a farmhouse in neighbouring Gurgaon.

Police had been looking for Mr Kalra since they recovered over 500 oxygen concentrators from his three ‘Khan Market’ eating places – Khan Chacha, Nega Ju and Town Hall, earlier this month. The medical tools that may generate high-concentration oxygen are in excessive demand due to oxygen scarcity within the nationwide capital.

Mr Kalra had approached a Delhi courtroom final week and sought safety from arrest. He mentioned he was prepared to hitch the investigation.

The courtroom, nonetheless, mentioned the allegations in opposition to him had been severe and custodial interrogation was required. Rejecting the bail request, the courtroom mentioned the cell phone of the accused, which allegedly incorporates incriminating WhatsApp chats with prospects and particulars of calls made to the co-accused, wanted to be seized.

The courtroom additionally identified the potential for the accused tampering with proof or intimidating witnesses.

The public prosecutor within the black advertising case had alleged final week that the oxygen concentrators Mr Kalra had been promoting weren’t fitted to Covid therapy as they may generate solely 20.eight per cent pure oxygen.

Mr Kalra is going through prices of dishonest, prison conspiracy and customary intention.

Four staff of Matrix Cellular firm, together with its CEO and vice chairman, and one worker of Town Hall restaurant had additionally been arrested within the case – all of them at the moment are out on bail.

Delhi has been coping with a devastating spell of the coronavirus infections, which has triggered shortages of medical oxygen, hospital beds and important medicines.

Reports of the black advertising of oxygen cylinders and important medicine have emerged from a number of states amid the unprecedented Covid surge.

With inputs from PTI

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