Tardy investigations helping culprits
IT?S OVER a year now that the fake passport scam rocked Indore and it appears to have gone in the cold storage. Police have failed to nab head constable Nizam Singh Rajput, who carried out (or rather did not carry out) the physical verification of the addresses mentioned in the fake passports.india Updated: May 11, 2006 14:37 IST
IT’S OVER a year now that the fake passport scam rocked Indore and it appears to have gone in the cold storage. Police have failed to nab head constable Nizam Singh Rajput, who carried out (or rather did not carry out) the physical verification of the addresses mentioned in the fake passports.
Besides no action has been taken against the eight Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) employees who were responsible for issuing fake ration cards to those who made the fake passports. The IMC employees have been identified, but no one is sure why no action is being taken against them.
The police authorities have issued a charge sheet and initiated a departmental inquiry against Nizam. The only arrests to be made are those of Suresh Jagga, Kailash Pandey and Srinath Gupta, and all of them are lodged in jail, having been denied bail for the past one year.
They had been arrested on April 9 last year. An interim chalan has been produced against them and their trial will start.
According to sources in the police, they did not arrest Nizam during investigation when he was being questioned about his role, and even when he was suspended because at that point of time they were unsure whether a separate FIR would be
registered or whether they would submit a report to the CBI.
By the time the senior officers decided that a separate FIR would be lodged, Nizam, probably tipped off by his colleagues, absconded. Of those arrested Suresh Jagga was a tout and his main job was of roping in people who were willing to pay and get fake passports made.
Jagga used to charge around Rs 3 lakh per person for getting the passports made. All the forged documents – be it ration card, school leaving certificate, etc were forged by Gupta.
After the forged passport was made out, the clients were handed over to travel agent Kailash Pandey, and it was his task to provide the tickets and work out other formalities and logistics. Continued on page 3
‘Nizam will be punished’
When asked why no action had been taken against the IMC employees, the Indore SP said that the matter was still under investigation. Asked if Nizam would be dismissed from service he said that all I can say is
that he will be adequately punished for his role.
1 Scam unearthed by CBI in Delhi
2 Three arrested in Indore on April 9, 2005
3 IMC employees involved in scam not arrested so far
4 Constable Nizam Singh Rajput still absconding,
5 likely to be dismissed from service