The Pathankot police have arrested a former employee of Ranjit Sagar Dam and his son-in-law from Ludhiana for forging chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s signatures.
The police were looking for the duo since 2013 after they were booked for forging the signatures for the transfer orders of six employees of Ranjit Sagar Dam, Shahpur Kandi, to the Abohar canal.
The arrested proclaimed offenders — Gurdial Singh and son-in-law Deepak Kumar — were on Monday produced before the court of the chief judicial magistrate who sent them in police remand. Both had been evading arrest and had repeatedly jumped bails in different cases. The matter had come to light when chief engineer JR Singh of the irrigation department, Ranjit Sagar Dam, got a fax order from the CMO in February 2013 to transfer six RSD employees from Shahpur Kandi to Abohar canal, who had not requested the department for the transfers.
The chief engineer, who suspected foul play in the transfer orders, found the forged signature of the CM, following which he got a case registered against the six employees for cheating and forgery. The employees who were shocked to learn that it was on their requests to the chief minister that the CMO had issued the transfer orders approached then Pathankot SSP Surinder Kalia, who investigated the case and found that the duo wanted to teach these employees a lesson for opposing them.
SSP Rakesh Kaushal said the duo had also been booked for forging the CM’s signatures for securing orders to appoint and transfer Class-4 employees at the dam.