A conman passed himself off as an employee of the Abu Dhabi royal family to stay at a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Delhi and left without paying a huge bill of Rs 23 lakh. He is also reported to have decamped with expensive silverware from the hotel.
The Delhi Police have launched a manhunt for Mohammed Sharif, who has been charged with fraud and theft on a complaint by the Leela Palace Hotel management on Saturday.
Sharif checked into Room 427 of the Leela Palace on August 1 and left quietly on November 20. The hotel staff claims he stole several items from the room, including silver utensils and a pearl tray.
On arriving at the hotel in August, Sharif had told the staff that he was a resident of UAE and worked closely with Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi royal family.
He showed a UAE resident card and other documents to back his credentials and liberally distributed his business card,. The conman regularly chatted up the hotel staff to pose as a friendly visitor.
The police are inspecting these documents, suspecting them to be fake.
The bill for the room and services over his four-month stay was Rs 35 lakh. He paid Rs 11.5 lakh and left without paying the rest. He had given the staff a cheque for Rs 20 lakh cheque that bounced as there was no money in the account.
Delhi police are scanning CCTV footage to identify the conman.