New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken over probe into alleged Bike Bot ponzi scheme, in which nearly 2.25 lakh investors were duped of crores, people familiar with the development said on Monday.

The central agency mentioned the figure in its First Information Report (FIR), registered on October 21, as 15,000 crore but it was not clear how it arrived at the figure or it was a typing error.

Initially, when the scandal came to light in 2019, it was alleged that investors were cheated of close to 1,500 crore.

The federal agency has named Sanjay Bhati (42), owner of Garvit Innovative Promoters Ltd (GIPL) who holds diploma in mechanical engineering and launched the fictitious company in 2010 and floated Bike Bot scheme in 2017 under which 1,500 crore was duped from investors. Each investor was duped of 62,100 in the name of providing bike taxis. He was arrested following his surrender in Uttar Pradesh’s Surajpur court in June 2019 and is in prison since then.

The scam surfaced after a complainant Sunil Kumar Meena, a resident of Jaipur, filed an FIR against the Bike Bot operator at Dadri police station in Uttar Pradesh on February 14, 2019 against Sanjay Bhati and five directors of the company.

In its FIR, CBI has taken cognisance of the Uttar Pradesh government letter, which had referred 11 FIRs of the Noida Police registered at Dadri for the central agency probe in December 2019.

“Under a preplanned conspiracy the respondent Sanjay Bhati…

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