Once famous for water cooling pots and woven mats, the Sironj area in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh is now making headlines because of easily available fake domicile and tribe certificate that help people secure government jobs.
Police have registered 10 cases of cheating, forgery and fraud against serving and retired government employees at Sironj, Mughalsarai, Unarasikalan and Anandpur in the district between February 2015 and April 2016.
The accused in these cases fraudulently became natives of different villages of Sironj and Lateri sub divisions in 1970s and 1980s and consequently secured government jobs under the scheduled tribe (ST candidates) quota.
This is because of the unique position Sironj that used to be a part of Rajasthan’s Tonk province before Madhya Pradesh was created in 1956.
Tonk brackets Meenas as ST and consequently Sironj became the only place in the state where the Meena tribe enjoyed ST status till 2003. So, members of the Meena tribe -- who were part of the Other Backward Classes in the rest of MP – procured fake documents to become Sironj residents to enjoy quota benefits.
“All the 10 accused who came under the Other Backward Castes (OBC) category for actually being non-natives of Sironj, became residents via fake domicile and certificates in 1970s and 1980s, consequently managing permanent jobs in government under ST category,” said sub-divisional officer police (SDOP-Sironj) KK Upadhyaya.
Six of these individuals got jobs in the state police, while four others got employment in the tribal welfare department, excise department, education department and even the state legal services.
The list of accused from the police department includes retired deputy SP Chetram Meena, serving deputy SP Mahendra Meena, inspector Babulal Meena, sub inspector Rajkumar Meena and SDOP Madan Kumar Meena.
The other accused includes Mahipati Singh, an additional chief judicial magistrate in Gwalior district, who was suspended after a fraud case was lodged against him at Anandpur police station on April 11.
The latest case was lodged against excise department sub-inspector Radheyshyam Meena on April 30, 2016.
The accused also includes Rajesh Singh Meena, who is employed with Engineers India Limited in Delhi and was booked for fraud by Sironj police in February 2016.
“In five cases, the high court stayed criminal or department proceedings against the accused, while in three cases the accused have been suspended by departments. We’re in the process of appealing to the MP high court to vacate stay on action against them,” said Upadhyaya.
Three of the accused — including the suspended Gwalior ACJM who was booked for cheating and fraud — became residents of one single village Dodakhera through fake domicile and tribe documents.