Haidar is a 32-year-old computer operator, who has handed out forged fitness certificates to over 75 persons, making more than R10 lakh.
He worked for an authorised diagnostic centre that dispatches fitness reports to people applying to the Gulf countries for a job visa.
Without getting their blood tests or physical tests done -- a prerequisite for applying for a work visa -- Haidar drafted these reports based on the set pattern and declared the person fit.
He charged anywhere between R10,000 and R50,000 per certificate. Till now, the man is said to have forged these certificates for over 75 persons, making more than R10 lakh.
The matter came to the fore after the owner of the centre spotted the irregular data in the computer and copies of fitness reports of people who had never visited the centre. He then approached the police and filed a complaint.
“The company is an authorised diagnostic center of the GCC states. We conduct medical tests for expatriates in Gulf countries. We follow a strict procedure to give out these fitness reports that decide if one will be given a work visa.
“We conduct medical tests, thumb scans, X Rays. We collect blood for various tests and do a rigorous fitness checkup before dispatching a fitness report. This man, however, was printing reports for people who did not even come to the centre for a checkup. He was charging people a lot of money to dispatch these forged reports,” the owner stated in his complaint.
“We are sure that many unfit candidates have been fraudulently given fitness certificates,” he said.
According to the police, when the owner confronted the operator, he confessed to have dispatched these reports to over 75 persons.
“He said he was printing these medical reports for expatriates without conducting any medical tests. He used to make deals with people for a lot of money. He promised them fitness certificates on the letterhead of a certified diagnostic centre, duly attested by doctors, in exchange for money.
“Most people who approached him had been declared unfit and were not given a visa. He had also roped in two more persons to bring in more applicants,” an investigator told HT.
The matter has now been brought to the notice of MEA. “This is serious since the man has already issued fake certificates to over 75 people, who got a visa. The matter needs further intervention as it involves several countries. The guidelines have been flouted,” an investigator said.
Soon after the incident was brought to the notice of the police, the operator managed to escape. “We have sent out teams to arrest him. He is absconding,” a senior police officer said.