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Delhi: Man dupes Hotel Leela Palace of Rs 24 lakh by posing as UAE royal staff

According to the police, Sharif had stayed at Hotel Leela from August 1 to November 20 last year and left without informing anyone, he also stole silverware and other items from the hotel room, owing Rs 23-24 lakh to the hotel.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: A man duped a Five Star Hotel of lakhs by claiming himself to be an employee of the royal family of Abu Dhabi. In fact, the man became an employee of the royal family of Abu Dhabi and stayed in a five star hotel for months and then ran away from there without paying the bill of more than 23 lakhs.

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Presently Delhi Police is looking for this person. The absconding man allegedly duped Delhi’s Leela Palace Hotel by posing as a resident of the United Arab Emirates and an employee of the royal family of Abu Dhabi. According to the information, the accused ran away without paying the bill of lakhs of rupees after staying in the hotel for more than four months.

The police have identified the accused as Mohammed Sharif, have registered a case of forgery and theft against the accused. According to the police, Sharif had stayed at Hotel Leela from August 1 to November 20 last year and left without informing anyone, he also stole silverware and other items from the hotel room, owing Rs 23-24 lakh to the hotel.

A case was registered against Sharif on Saturday on the complaint of the hotel management. According to the complainant, Sharif told hotel officials that he lived in the UAE and worked in the office of Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi.

Police said that he presented a fake business card, UAE resident card and other documents, which are now being investigated. The complainant said that the accused stayed in room number 427 of the hotel for months and fled from the hotel on 20 November 2022 with valuables. The accused told the hotel staff that he personally worked with Sheikh, who had come to India for some official work. He used to tell the employees about his work and life in UAE.

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According to the complaint, the total bill for the room and other facilities was up to 35 lakhs, in which he had paid about 11.5 lakh rupees, but he ran away without paying the rest. According to the police, his ID cards may be fake, the accused also gave a check of 20 lakhs to the hotel staff, the last date of which was November 20, but on the same day he took silverware and pearl tray and other items from his room. ran away. South Delhi Police is trying to identify the accused by looking at the CCTV camera footage.

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