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Pune MBA student arrested for forging letters claiming to be from PMO

The accused, identified as Pranav Chaudhury, forged two letters, one from the office of a central government employee from the defence and higher planning committee and the second, from Debashree Mukherjee, one of the five joint secretaries to the Prime Minister's office (PMO), police said.  

pune Updated: May 18, 2018 17:32 IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune
The letters were forged to help the parents of two children secure a place for their wards in school. While one of the children was seeking admission in Class 3, the other was applying for admission in lower kindergarten.  
The letters were forged to help the parents of two children secure a place for their wards in school. While one of the children was seeking admission in Class 3, the other was applying for admission in lower kindergarten.  (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for forging documents impersonating high-ranking officials of the central government in order to facilitate the admissions of two children in a school in Pune. He was remanded to police custody by a local court on Thursday.

The accused, identified as Pranav Chaudhury, forged two letters, one from the office of a central government employee from the defence and higher planning committee and the second, from Debashree Mukherjee, one of the five joint secretaries to the Prime Minister's office (PMO), police said.

The letters were forged to help the parents of two children secure a place for their wards in school. While one of the children was seeking admission in Class 3, the other was applying for admission in lower kindergarten.

"We won't reveal the names of the parents as they have not been released yet. Primary investigation in the matter has led us to believe that the parents did not know that the letters were forged. They thought Chaudhury was genuine and submitted the letters to the school. The principal of the school called the authorities mentioned in the recommendation letters for reference and confirmation and found that the documents were forged," said police sub-inspector (PSI) Ravindra Gawari of Yerawada police station, who is investigating the matter. However, verification of the parents' statements and their role is yet to be investigated, he added.

"His (Chaudhury) lawyer has submitted in court that he is a student of Master’s in business administration (MBA)," PSI Gawari said.

A case under Section 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Yerawada police station against Chaudhury and the children's parents.