Bengaluru: Thirty-five-year-old  Jeevan  CP, who was previously suspended for misusing office funds last year, had promised to buy a group of employees cars at cheap prices. According to the police, he had lost  the money in cricket betting.

Jeevan CP , a native of Kushalnagar in Kodagu district, Karnataka, was arrested by the cyber-crime police in the first week of March. Police have found that five more persons associated with the cricket betting mafia in Mysuru and Madikeri, were also involved in the case. Efforts are on to apprehend them.

Police have reported that Jeevan informed Amjad, a signboard artist from Somwarpet in Kodagu district that excise officials had seized 260 cars during the 2018 Assembly election, which would be sold through an auction. Amjad was assured a Maruti Alto for Rs 80,000.

Amjad then paid an advance of Rs 20,000 and also told his brother-in-law, Sadiq Pasha, a BPO employee and resident of Marathahalli in Bengaluru.

Jeevan told them earlier that the auction would take place on November 29 last year. Sadiq and his friends paid Jeevan Rs 5,62,500 for nine cars. Jeevan then informed them that the auction was postponed to December 10.
In all, Sadiq and his friends paid Rs 39.72 lakh for 49 cars. Jeevan had promised them an Innova car for Rs 4 lakh.
Jeevan later told Pasha and the others that the auction had been postponed to December 27, after which he said it was cancelled due to procedural errors.
Jeevan agreed to return the money, but didn’t. Sadiq rushed to Kushalnagar and traced him where Jeevan admitted to using the money for personal needs and sought time to pay them. Sadiq then approached the cops.
According to investigation, Jeevan’s friends had created fake receipts and given them to those who made deposits for the auction.  Jeevan is now in judicial custody.