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Contractor held for issuing fake transfer order of govt officers by forging Devendra Fadnavis' signature

Maharashtra news: Mohd Iliyas Yaqub Momin had allegedly created a fake email ID of Vidyadhar Mahale, the private secretary of Devendra Fadnavis, and sent a letter of transfer to around 6 officers in the month of July this year.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Mumbai Published on: October 05, 2023 22:26 IST
Devendra Fadnavis, Contractor held in Maharashtra for issuing fake transfer order, Mohd Iliyas Yaqub
Image Source : PTI (FILE) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra news: Maharashtra cyber police have apprehended a 40-year-old man for allegedly issuing a fake transfer order of six government officers through a letter with a forged signature of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, an official said today (October 5).

The accused, identified as Mohammed Iliyas Yaqub Momin, a contractor from Miraj in Sangli district, allegedly cheated government officials and other people financially by showing them fake orders, he said. The official said the accused is well educated and it is suspected that he committed the crime for financial gains.

The accused created fake documents of the transfer of six government officers, of assistant engineers and deputy executive engineers rank in the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), the official said.

Momin had allegedly created a fake email ID of Vidyadhar Mahale, the private secretary of Deputy CM Fadnavis, and sent a letter of transfer to six officers on July 23, he said. While sending the transfer letter from the email ID, the accused allegedly forged Fadnavis' signature on it, he said.

The mail was also sent to the CMD of MSEDCL, the official said. Fadnavis also holds charge of the state energy department. During the investigation, the nodal cyber police station got specific information about the accused and with the help of Miraj Police, he was apprehended from his native place, the official said, adding a mobile phone used in the crime was also seized.

The six officers, whose fake transfer orders were issued by the accused, are also likely to be questioned by the cyber police, he said. Mahale approached the cyber police and based on his complaint, a case has been registered against the accused under relevant Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, the official added.

(With PTI inputs) 

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