The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has issued a lookout notice for absconding businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the recovery of over 500 oxygen concentrators from his restaurants in the national Capital. Kalra is suspected to have fled Delhi along with his family.
A senior police official said that a lookout notice has been issued against Kalra for allegedly hoarding the oxygen concentrators in his restaurants in South Delhi’s posh Khan Market area and selling them to people in need on exorbitant rates. Police teams are conducting raids in Delhi-NCR and its neighouring States in a bid to nab the absconding restaurateur. Meanwhile, a Delhi Court on Monday refused to grant any interim relief to Kalra in connection with the case. Kalra had appealed for interim relief from the police’s coercive action in the case.
The police transferred the case to the Crime Branch on Saturday after the oxygen concentrators were recovered from three upscale restaurants and a farmhouse in South Delhi during raids conducted on Thursday and Friday. Four men were arrested during the raids.
The oxygen concentrators had been imported from China by a private company, Matrix owned by one Gaggan Duggal in partnership with Kalra.
Though the original cost of the oxygen concentrators, with varying capacities of five and nine litres, was between Rs 16,000 to Rs 22,000, the accused were selling them at a major mark-up and charging desperate people anything between Rs 50,000, to Rs 70,000 for the machines, police said.