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Gujarat: Police arrest two for embezzling Rs 4.15 crore in funds through fake government office

The main accused Sandip Rajput allegedly posed as a government official associated with the Irrigation Department in Bodeli. He constituted a fake government office as claimed to be an 'executive engineer', swindling Rs 4.15 crore in 93 government projects.

Reported By : Nirnay Kapoor Edited By : Aveek Banerjee
Ahmedabad
Published on: October 28, 2023 15:26 IST
Police arrest Sandip Rajput for posing as a government
Image Source : INDIA TV Police arrest Sandip Rajput for posing as a government official and fraud.

In an unusual development, Gujarat Police arrested a man for embezzling roughly Rs 4.15 crore by allegedly posing as a government official and running a fake office in Chhota Udaipur district. The accused has been identified as Sandip Rajput.

According to police, Rajput posed as an executive engineer and claimed to be associated with the Irrigation Department in the town of Bodeli. He allegedly constituted a counterfeit office on July 21, 2021, and stated himself as 'Executive Engineer, Irrigation Project Division, Bodeli'. 

The accused also forged documents, signatures and other documents to portray himself as a government official. He also acquired 93 government projects and received funds accumulating over Rs 4.15 crore.

A complaint was registered by Javed Maknojiya, working as a junior clerk in the administrative office of the District Collectorate. As per the FIR, the matter came to light when District Collector Sachin Kumar convened a meeting on October 25. 

During the meeting, applications requesting for Rs 3.78 crores for 12 border village and lift irrigation projects were discussed, when officials realised that no office of the executive engineer existed in Bodeli.

After the investigation was launched, the District Collector sought details of the projects run by the Bodeli 'office' and found that Rajput had received Rs 4.15 crores since 2021, after which he and his associate Abu Bakr Saiyed were arrested.

In the past year, Gujarat has witnessed several fraud cases where the accused impersonate government officials including those from the Prime Minister's and the Chief Minister's Office. One of these cases involved conman Kiran Patel, who claimed to be a "Class 1 officer in the PMO".

Patel was arrested by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) in April after the Gujarat Police took his custody from Jammu and Kashmir. The police arrested many others including Viraj Patel, Nikunj Patel and Lavkush Patel, who claimed to be officials of the CMO.

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