The police have booked three persons, including an agent, a clerk and a data operator at the district transport office, for allegedly issuing fake registration certificates of vehicles and issuing invalid numbers.
The matter came to light after Bathinda resident Rajwinder Singh found that a Swift car owned by Sunil Kumar of Rai Ke Kalaan village in Bathinda had the same number that was issued to the complainant in 1991 for his bike.
When the police investigated the matter, it found that the employees in connivance with agents had issued a fake RC to the car owner.
The number, which was issued to the car owner a year ago, was PUT 0086, but all numbers with this series are invalid as the ongoing series in Punjab starts with PB xx xxxx.
The police have booked agent Rajiv Mittal, clerk Raman Kumar, and data operator Baljit Singh at the district transport office, Bathinda, under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.
Investigating officer sub-inspector Jagraj Singh said, "We have booked all three accused. The number was reissued to the Swift car owner around one-and-a-half years ago. The accused would soon be arrested."
Sub-divisional magistrate, Bathinda, Damanjit Singh Mann, who was given the additional charge of the district transport officer, Bathinda, on Monday, said, "The number is invalid, but the accused made a fake RC of the car owner. Only those vehicles that have this series of number since long can use them, whereas we cannot issue any such number and these are not in record with the DTO office."