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Newsline: Former Democratic Republic of Congo honorary consul arrested in India

Mumbai A 33-year-old Andheri businessman was arrested for allegedly pretending to be an honorary consul of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in India, despite the DRC government and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) withdrawing his name from the post four years ago. The accused, Amit Agarwal, was arrested from his residence. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/bizman-arrested-for-cheating-mea-congo-government/ar-AAW0ql8) The DRC government had on September 27, 2017, requested the MEA to withdraw Agarwal’s appointment from the honorary consul’s post. MEA approved the request on October 30, 2017. Following this, DRC’s advocate in India informed Agarwal about the withdrawal on December 4, 2017, and also requested him to stop using the post with immediate effect. However, despite this, Agarwal kept on misusing the post and allegedly enjoyed many privileges and took direct and indirect benefits by attending government and social functions and contacting organisations under the state and central governments. Agarwal was arrested for cheating by impersonation. He was produced before a court and remanded to police custody up to April 12.

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