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NCRB report: Highest number of fraud cases registered in Delhi, chargesheet filed in almost half the cases

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According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, out of 19 metros with a population of more than 20 lakhs, Delhi recorded the maximum number of cases classified under economic offenses such as forgery and fraud in 2020. The Crime in India 2020 report was released last week on Tuesday.

According to the NCRB data, the economic offenses category recorded the highest number of 4,445 cases in Delhi, followed by Mumbai at 3,927 and Jaipur at 3,217. However, the rate of such crime (cases per 10 lakh population) was the highest in Jaipur at 10.4. The crime rates in Delhi and Mumbai were 2.72 and 2.13 respectively. Patna, Lucknow and Hyderabad also reported higher rates of economic crimes than Delhi and Mumbai, being 4.97, 7.67 and 4.42 respectively.

In total crimes, there has been a decline in the number of such crimes in Delhi in 2020 as compared to 4,817 in 2019 – the year in which Jaipur recorded the maximum number of 6,107, Mumbai came second with 5,556 highest. More cases registered.

According to the 2020 data, Delhi recorded a better average of cases in which chargesheets were filed, meaning the culprits were caught and brought to court. Delhi Police filed charge sheets in 44.5% of the total 4,445 economic offences.

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NCRB figures show that Jaipur Police registered 3,217 cases last year which was almost 2,900 less than in 2019. However, with a rate of only 12.9%, the city had the lowest number of cases in which chargesheets were filed in 2020. The country’s financial capital Mumbai reported chargesheets in one per cent of the 38.5% cases in 2020.

Experts and serving Delhi Police officials blamed COVID-19 and the lockdown as the reason behind the increase in cases of economic crimes in Delhi.

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