Woman who posed as IAS officer says Mussoorie academy's deputy director gave her fake ID
A woman accused of posing as an IAS officer at the country’s premier training institute for civil service officers, on Thursday said a top official issued her a fake identity card to facilitate her stay at the Mussorie-based academy, according to media reports.india Updated: Apr 02, 2015 17:32 IST
A woman accused of posing as an IAS officer at the country’s premier training institute for civil service officers, on Thursday said a top official issued her a fake identity card to facilitate her stay at the Mussoorie-based academy, according to media reports.
The woman, identified as Ruby Choudhury, stayed at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for six months before her cover was blown last month.
The issue, however, became public only after the institute filed a police complaint against the woman, a native of Muzaffarnagar in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
Appearing in television news channels on Thursday morning, she claimed that the academy’s deputy director Saurabh Jain issued her the fake ID of a sub-divisional magistrate from the Administrative Training Academy in Nainital, also in Uttarakhand.
She also claimed that she was promised a job of a librarian for which he had paid Rs 5 lakh as advance to him.
“I am not absconding. On March 18, my husband and brother came to academy to see me. They were told no one in the name of Ruby stays here,” the woman told a TV channel.
“Saurabh Jain, deputy director of the academy promised me job of a librarian. A deal for Rs 20 lakh was sealed to get the job and I had paid Rs 5 lakh as advance. I came in contact with him through my brother who is (the) PRO to textile minister Santosh Gangwar,” a TV channel quoted her as saying.
She added that during President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to academy earlier this year, “Jain sir asked me to come for a group photograph”.
The woman, whose date of birth is mentioned as 1990 in her ID card, added that she was in touch with police for lodging a complaint against Jain.
The academy’s deputy director was not available for comments immediately.
Dehradun senior superintendent of police Pushpak Jyoti did not respond to calls from HT after the woman’s allegations.
He had said on Wednesday that “police are investigating the matter”.
Responding to an e-mail from HT, joint director of the academy D Nariala had earlier said that “a committee has been set up to enquire into the lapses in security and ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future”.
The imposter was asked to leave the academy on March 29 after her identity was found to be fake. Later, the institute’s administrative officer of security Satyabir Singh filed a police complaint against the woman, who stayed at the academy from September 2014.
Sources said Ruby was provided accommodation in the quarters of the academy security guard Deb Singh following verbal orders of a senior officer in the academy.
During her stay at the academy, she was a frequent visitor at the institute’s library, a service available only to the registered members and guest faculty.
In a press note, the training institute played down the breach saying it was a case of subletting of official quarters by the guard. The press release also shrunk the duration of her stay on the campus, contradicting the complaint filed by its administrative officer.
Nariala said the woman was staying in the academy since January 16, 2015 as a paying guest. But the press release was silent on why would a guard sublet his quarters to an IAS officer.
Sources say administrative officer (security) Satyabir Singh has been sent on leave.
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