Rich, famous & convicted: Haldiram's owner is no exception
Prabhu Shankar Agarwal
Prabhu Shankar Agarwal, the owner of Haldiram, along with four others, was convicted by the Sessions Court for conspiring to murder a tea stall owner in the Burrabazar area of central Kolkata in 2005.
All the accused were convicted for conspiracy, illegal possession of arms, and an attempt to murder Pramod Sharma, the tea stall owner.
According to the government counsel, Agarwal had hired a contract killer, Gopal Tiwari, to get rid of Pramod Sharma who had refused to remove his tea stall that was supposedly blocking the entrance of Agarwal's shop.
According to a senior police official, Agarwal had even offered Sharma Rs 4 lakh. Sharma refused and stuck to his ground.
On March 30, 2005, Tiwari, along with Manoj, Arun Khandelwal and Rajiv Sonkar arrived at the front of the building. One of them fired a bullet at Satyanarayan, a relative of Sharma. But he escaped unhurt. The bullet hit Sharma's left thigh. Tiwari and his associates fled in a car.
A case was filed at Burrabazzar police station, said Damayanti Sen, Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Department, Kolkata. Tiwari was arrested on May 22, 2005 from Hyderabad. Agarwal was arrested from the Delhi airport on June 7, 2005 on his return from the UK, where he had gone to open a branch of the Haldiram chain.
One of the biggest brands in the packaged namkeen market in the country, Agarwal played an important role in making Haldiram a household name. The multi-storeyed plush restaurant, Pure Food, on VIP Road, prime real estate properties in various parts of the city and proximity with political leaders are evidence of his meteoric rise. At present, Agarwal's net worth is not less than Rs 100 crore.