UP STF to take businessman Anwar Dhebar to Meerut for questioning in fake hologram case

Uttar Pradesh STF will take businessman Anwar Dhebar to Meerut for questioning in the fake hologram case. On Wednesday, the STF presented Dhebar in Raipur Court. The court has handed Anwar over to the UP STF on a 48-hour transit remand. Preparations are now underway to transport him to UP by road. When the UP STF took Anwar Dhebar out of the court, his brother and Mayor Aijaz Dhebar arrived to meet him.
In the liquor scam related to fake holograms, the UP STF arrested Anwar Dhebar on Tuesday. The next morning, he was presented in the court of Additional and Sessions Judge Nidhi Sharma Tiwari. The court allowed the STF to take Dhebar while adhering to human rights protocols.
Previously, the defense cited Anwar Dhebar’s health issues. His lawyer requested a 10-day delay from the court, stating that Anwar was unwell and in need of treatment. They assured that after his treatment, he would appear in Meerut Court himself.
In anticipation of unrest, a large police force was deployed. When Dhebar was released on bail from jail on Tuesday evening, the UP STF detained him, leading to scuffles between Dhebar’s supporters and the police. Following the commotion, Dhebar was taken to Civil Lines Police Station. On Tuesday, doctors deemed Dhebar fit for travel.
Anwar Dhebar’s lawyer, Amin Khan, accused Chhattisgarh Police of hijacking Dhebar. He claimed that despite being granted bail by the High Court, Dhebar was detained until late night. When his family attempted to take him to the hospital due to his poor health, the police did not allow it. Dhebar was eventually informed of his arrest on a small piece of paper.
Dhebar remained in the ambulance for about four hours before being taken to Civil Lines Police Station. Dhebar’s supporters gathered at the station, leading to a heavy police presence. After about four hours, Dhebar himself walked into the station.
The UP STF applied for transit remand in Raipur Court to take businessman Anwar Dhebar, former excise officer Arunpati Tripathi, and retired IAS officer Anil Tuteja. After the hearing, UP police received approval to take Dhebar and Tripathi.
Suspended excise officer Arunpati Tripathi has already been taken to Meerut by the police. He is accused of changing tender conditions to benefit Vidhu Gupta. Tripathi was taken from Central Jail to Civil Lines Police Station on Tuesday night.
The High Court granted bail to Anwar Dhebar in the liquor scam registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau. He was released on Tuesday evening but ordered to appear in Meerut Judicial Magistrate Court.

The hologram case surfaced in July 2023 when the Deputy Director of ED filed an FIR at in Noida. On May 3, the UP STF arrested Vidhu Gupta, owner of Prism Holography Security Films Pvt. Ltd., who revealed the involvement of Anwar and Arunpati.
The FIR stated that Prism Holography Security Films Pvt. Ltd. received a tender illegally from Chhattisgarh’s excise department. The company was not eligible for the tender but was made eligible through collusion with officials.
Prism Holography provided illegal holograms to sell counterfeit liquor bottles in Chhattisgarh’s government stores, facilitated by fake transit passes issued by excise officials in 15 districts.
Holograms are 3D-like photographic images used to prove authenticity, visible from multiple angles, making it appear as if one is seeing a real physical object instead of a mere image.

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