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Leena Maria Paul held, Balaji alias Sekar Reddy, M Karunanidhi's 'grandson', flees after taking a loan of Rs 19 cr from Canara Bank in Chennai.
Living in Chennai, he introduced himself as an IAS officer. Dressed in formals, he travelled in a car with a red beacon responding to salutes at every intersection. He flaunted his qualifications and strong financial background, and lured many investors to put money in his projects, got loans sanctioned worth Rs 19 crore and later decamped with all the money.

Balaji alias Sekar Reddy also introduced himself as the grandson of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, to many. Police sources revealed that Balaji, posing as a close friend of Nikhil Gowda (former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's son), also cheated his landlord in Bangalore of more than Rs 1 crore. He also posed as the son of several ministers, including T R Baalu and Karunakara Reddy, on several occasions.

His close aide and live-in partner Leena Maria Paul, a 25-year-old actress, always assisted him.

The couple — owners of a fleet of luxury cars including Rolls Royce Phantom, an Aston Martin, BMW 530 D, Range Rover, Audi A4 and others — managed to dupe several people until one of them was tracked by police.

And when police closed in on Balaji, who managed to evade arrest, Paul was busy shopping for her next party.

She was later arrested from Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj, where she was with six bouncers.

In a joint raid, Central Crime Branch, Chennai Police and Delhi Police, also arrested Paul for allegedly cheating people of Rs 76 lakh on the pretext of getting them government contracts and supply orders.

Paul has worked for Tamil, Hindi and Malyalam films such as Madras Cafe, Cobra, Red Chillies and Husbands in Goa.
"We received information that the couple is in Delhi and are residing in Fatehpur Beri. On the basis of vehicle numbers and criminal intelligence, their location was traced. While we were able to arrest the actress, Balaji managed to escape. The couple is wanted in two major cheating cases in Chennai," B S Jaiswal, DCP (South), said. According to police, the couple came to Delhi a month ago. Twenty days ago, they shifted to the Fatehpur Beri farmhouse, which they took on a rent of Rs 4 lakh per month. Police said Balaji, who was impersonating an IAS officer, got a loan of Rs 19 crore approved from Canara Bank in Chennai. He then decamped with the cash, police said. "The couple was living at the Fatehpur Beri house with a fleet of luxury cars and bouncers. We have also recovered 81 luxury watches from their possession. It is still to be ascertained if the cars were stolen or bought," police said. Thanks To:
Actress Leena Maria Paul arrested over Rs 19 crore fraud after 'duping Chennai bank and buying NINE luxury cars with the proceeds' A Chennai-based actress, who will soon be seen in a John Abraham production titled Madras Café, was arrested from a South Delhi farmhouse on Tuesday. Leena Maria Paul, aged 25, was wanted by the Chennai Police for her involvement in a Rs 19 crore cheating case there. Maria Paul and her live-in partner Chandrashekhar had allegedly duped Canara Bank in Chennai to the tune of Rs 19 crore this year. She is said to be fond of luxury cars, and had bought nine of them - including a Rolls Royce - with the money. Maria Paul, who has worked in national award-winner Mohanlal's Red Chillies, is allegedly involved in a case registered under Sections 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 406 (breach of trust) along with her friend Chandrashekhar. Aside from this case, there are more than six others under different sections registered against the actress in Chennai. She and Chandrashekhar had been staying in Khari Farms in Fatehpur Beri, Delhi, for the past month. The couple paid Rs 4 lakh per month as rent for the farmhouse. The duo applied for verification with the local police and the process was underway. They were reportedly staying in Delhi to evade arrest by Chennai Police. The arrest was a joint operation by Chennai Police Crime Branch and South Delhi Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS). Leena Maria's accomplice "Chennai Police had shared information with us about Maria Paul and her male friend Chandrashekhar hiding in Delhi. Both were wanted in a Rs 19 crore cheating case in Chennai. "After knowing about her involvement in the crime, we kept a close watch on the actress and traced her movement around Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj," DCP south B.S. Jaiswal said. "We continued the surveillance and found out that the actress has been staying with her male friend in a South Delhi farmhouse. A raid was conducted on the farmhouse following this, and the actress and her friend along with her six personal security officers (PSOs) were arrested. Nine expensive cars and 81 costly wristwatches have also been recovered," Jaiswal added. The six PSOs include three ex-servicemen who were carrying weapons with licences from Haryana and Jammu. Though the licences had an all-India permit, the Delhi Police was not informed about the weapons, following which, a case under Arms Act has also been registered in Fatehpur Beri police station. The actress is a Bachelor of Dental Science graduate who completed her education from Dubai. Her family is settled in Dubai and her father is an engineer. Maria Paul has been modelling for the last two years. Thanks To: