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DELHI POLICE RECOVERED HUGE CACHE OF PIRATED BOOKS OF NCERT VALUED Rs. 35 LAKHS, ACCUDED ARRESTED

December 07, 2021 09:40 AM

 PRINTING PAPER WITH WATERMARK OF NCERT & LATEST OFFSET PRINTING MACHINES ALSO RECOVERED


New Delhi (Face2News)

The staff of SIU-II/Crime Branch/Nand Nagri has arrested the mastermind of pirated NCERT Books racket namely Abhishek Sachdeva s/o Late Surender Sachdeva R/o 1/2136, East Ram Nagar, Shahdara, Delhi Age-25 Years. On 18.09.2021, a raid was conducted at a printing unit situated at Godown No. 4, Mela Ram Farms, Mandoli, Delhi and huge quantity of pirated finished and semi finished books of NCERT were recovered. A case vide FIR No. 190/21 Dated 19.09.2021 u/s 420, 468,473 IPC & 63,65 Copyright Act had been registered in this regard. The accused Abhishek Sachdeva, who had ordered for printing of pirated books was absconding since then.

The NCERT books have always been in huge demand owing to excellent content. Further, the Ministry of HRD has made efforts to make NCERT books mandatory for CBSE affiliated schools. The Government move came amid allegations that several schools were allegedly compelling students to purchase costly books of private publishers. The managements of the schools were allegedly getting hefty monetary benefits by the publishers in lieu of prescribing their books. Consequent upon Government’s move, there was a sudden rise in demand for the NCERT books. Unscrupulous elements exploited the situation by getting printed pirated books and hooked in the sellers by offering them higher profit margin.

Mr. Rajesh Deo IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, rime Branch, said, during interrogation, accused disclosed that his father was in business of selling NCERT Books who expired in December 2020 due to cancer. After his death, due to financial constraints, he ordered for the printing of pirated books to asome quick money. He further disclosed that the printing material used in these books was procured by his late father and that he planned and used to sell these books online to customers

Information was received that a publication unit involved in printing of pirated NCERT books is operating in Trans Yamuna area. The said poor quality pirated books are being supplied in market at cheaper rates causing huge revenue loss to NCERT. The offset unit is publishing pirated NCERT books from 6th to 12thstandard of different subjects.

A team of SIU-II/Crime Branch led by Insp. Vinod Ahlawat comprising of SI Prakash, ASI Satender, ASI Harender, HC Pankaj, Ct. Vinit, Ct. Monu and other staff under close supervision of Sh. Sanjeev Kumar, ACP/SIU-II was constituted.

To act upon the information, Director, NCERT was approached for providing assistance to unearth the entire nexus. A raid was conducted along with Vigilance Officer and Production officer of NCERT, New Delhi on the publishing unit where the entire setup was unearthed. During the course of investigation, the owner of the printing press namely Manoj Jain s/o Sh. Rajender Jain R/o C-13, Gali No.11, East Nathu Colony, Shahdara, Delhi was arrested. He disclosed that he was printing the said books on behalf of his known Abhishek Sachdeva who had supplied the paper and material to him for printing the books. The co-accused Abhishek Sachdeva s/o Late Surender Sachdeva R/o 1/2136, East Ram Nagar, Shahdara, Delhi Age-25 Years has been arrested in the case on 04.12.2021.

Mr. Rajesh Deo IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, rime Branch, said, during interrogation, he disclosed that his father was in business of selling NCERT Books who expired in December 2020 due to cancer. After his death, due to financial constraints, he ordered for the printing of pirated books to earn some quick money. He further disclosed that the printing material used in these books was procured by his late father and that he planned and used to sell these books online to customers

Recovery: 80,000 (approx.) printed sheets of paper from which 12,000 pirated books can be prepared, 166 metallic plates used for printing infringed copies of the books.,Two latest offset printing machines., 5,000 pirated NCERT books,  Paper with NCERT watermark which was being used for printing the pirated books.

PROFILE OF ACCUSED:- Accused Abhishek Sachdeva is a commerce graduate. His father was in the business of selling of NCERT Books. Initially, he used to help his father in his business. In December 2020, his father died due to cancer and to meet up the expenses of the family and to earn quick money, he also started the business of printing and selling of pirated NCERT Books.

 

 
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