Hyderabad: In the past fortnight, three instances of attempts by fraudsters to skim money, all by forging signatures and letterheads of top personalities, including the Governor, Deputy Mayor and a Special Chief Secretary, have come to light. Five persons were arrested in connection with these incidents, according to City Police Commissioner, V V Srinivasa Rao, who presented before the media here the suspect in the latest such fraud.
Friday’s arrest was of K Ramakrishna Chandrashekar, 27, from East Godavari on Andhra Pradesh, who forged copies of the letterhead of K Ramakrishna Rao, Principal Secretary (Finance) in an attempt to swindle Rs 7.7 crore.
According to Commissioner, the suspect, Chandrasekhar forged a letter authorising release of mobilisation advance of Rs.7.7 crore, to the management of Pulse Pharmaceutical Private Limited. For this, he also forged letters from the Principal Secretary to Andhra Bank, a fake purchase order from the ESI, that too ‘signed’ by Purchase Officer, Insurance Medical Services, Telangana, a fake order from Pulse Pharmaceuticals and to top it, a fake invitation letter from office of the Chief Minister, to the Pulse Pharma management to take part in a KCR Kit Scheme programme at Pragathi Bhavan.
Chandrashekar managed to get an advance of Rs 12 lakh using the fake letterheads and letters. However, the letter he showed in Andhra Bank as from the Principal Secretary asking for payment of the entire amount triggered doubts in the bank, with the authorities then crosschecking with the Principal Secretary’s office, and leading to his arrest. Rao said Chandrashekar, a B.Pharm graduate from Kakinada, had moved along with several political leaders in Kakinada and clicked pictures with them, which he later posted on social media.
“He showed the pictures and claimed to be close to Ministers. He demanded huge money for getting government tenders, transfers and postings of government employees sanctioned and for other works relating to the Secretariat,” the Commissioner said. Earlier, Chandrasekhar had cheated one Kaushik from Kolkata of Rs 50 lakh after promising him tenders for confidential printing in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
In the earlier instances, the Punjagutta police arrested D Rohit Kumar, 23, and T Kaseeswara Reddy, 24, for forging appointment orders as if issued by Governor ESL Narsimhan for posts in Prasar Bharati. The ‘orders’ were ‘signed’ by Harpreet Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Governor as well.
In another case, the Saifabad police arrested R Rajashekar, and R Ramakanth, for cheating people after promising jobs in the GHMC and collecting huge money from them. They had issued forged education proof letters signed by Rajeshwari Tiwari, IAS, Special Chief Secretary and fake appointment orders signed by Baba Fasiuddin, Deputy Mayor.