History of a man who sold Parliament once and Taj Mahal 3 times

History of a man who sold Parliament once and Taj Mahal 3 times

We all would have seen many robbery and forgery scenes in many movies and series. Like wise, there is a man in India who has done the following:

  • Sold Taj Mahal (one of wonders of the world) not once but 3 times.
  • He also sold the Red Fort, and theRashtrapati Bhavan and also the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members
  • He has 100 criminal cases in 8 states and sentenced 113 years prisons by various courts.
  • He forged President Rajendra Prasad’s signature.
  • He was caught 9 times by police but unfortunately he escaped every single time.
  • He died twice in 13 years.


The above listed are his few crimes, who is this man? Let’s see:

Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava aka Natwarlal

Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava

Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava was born 1912 in Bangra village in Bihar’s Siwan district, India. He was a lawyer by profession before he started all these crimes and forgery. He is a master of tricks and one of most notorious and infamous thief, he has even cheated many famous businessmen, including Tata, Birla, Mittal, and the Ambanis.


He has committed his crimes under fifty different names. He had mastered the art of forging signatures of famous personalities before he gets ready to sell anything even an historical monument or a national property.

He has even forged the signature of our former President Rajendra Prasad.

The very interesting part is, he successfully sold Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and the Parliament House of India, along with its 545 sitting members!

Natwarlal was wanted in more than 100 cases by the cops of 8 different states across India, which earned him 113 years in prison. Out of this, he hardly served 20 years of imprisonment. He was arrested 9 times, but unfortunately he escapes every single time.


In one of the incidents, he stole a police-officer’s uniform and casually walked out of jail.

He was 84 years old in 1996 when he was arrested for the last time. This time too, he managed to escape. On that time he was being transported from Kanpur Jail to New Delhi for treatment at AIIMS under the police protection. He conned the accompanying policeman and disappeared in the teeming crowd.


Like his life his death was also a unsolved mystery. He was 84 years old at the time According to his lawyer Nandlal Jaiswal, Natwarlal died in 2009 at the age of 97. But the conman’s younger brother Ganga Prasad Srivastava claims to have cremated him in 1996. He managed to dupe people even in his death.

Natwarlal’s criminal adventures have inspired many Bollywood films like Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Mr Natwarlal” and Emraan Hashmi starrer Raja Natwarlal among others. In popular culture, the fraudsters are often referred to as Natwarlal.

At his native place Bangra, people hold him in awe despite him being dead for years. His villagers have decided to erect a statue at the place where his house once stood.

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