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Chandigarh, August 17
As a teenager, he distributed milk packets in Attawa village and its surrounding areas. His father owned a small illegal grocery store in the village, which was demolished by the UT estate office in 2003. Later, he was employed on contractual basis for a clerical job at the Government Medical College Hospital in Sector 32 at a monthly salary of Rs 6,000.
At the age of 33, he owns a multi-billion empire with offices of Healthyway Immigration spread across various cities in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal. Amit Kakkar, its director, paid an income tax of Rs 3.5 crore following a raid by the IT department at his office last year in which Rs 10 crore was unearthed. He owns three houses – one each in Sector 42, Sector 43 and Phase 3-B-II in Mohali, besides two showrooms. In addition, he owns luxury cars worth Rs 70 lakh. In all, his wealth is estimated at around Rs 100 crore, says the police.
In police custody for duping scores of youths on the basis of false promises of an easy migration overseas, it is the proverbial rag-to-riches story of Amit Kakkar, Director of Healthyway Immigration Services. After his father’s kiryana store was demolished, he began taking tuitions, which was followed by his opening an airhostess training institute.
Venturing into immigration consultancy occurred by chance after he succeeded in procuring a student visa for his cousin by completing all formalities online in 2001. His second attempt to procure a visa for another relative however failed.
In his third attempt, Amit succeeded in procuring a student visa for yet another relative and it was then that he decided to open an immigration firm. He started with a small cabin located in a basement in Sector 42 and simultaneously applied for a registered licence. He got the licence in 2005 following which there was no looking back.
“As he began getting clients, he faced the problem of showing fixed deposits worth lakhs in their bank accounts. In his greed to climb the ladder to success and earn quick and easy money, he started forging bank documents and also opened fake bank accounts for a number of clients,” said a police officer investigating the case.
As his wealth and clients grew, Amit expanded his business with four agents in every city of Punjab.
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