As part of its ongoing operations against people supplying fake documents and for sending people abroad on tourist visas,the Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested three people on Wednesday. The accused are employed as managers in private banks and supplied bank statements of account holders to gangs. These statements were later shown as original documents of another person for procuring a tourist visa.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday,DSP CID Anil Joshi,said,The accused served as managers in private banks in Jalandhar. They charged anything between Rs 5,000 to 7,000 for each bank statement. All the accused are well educated and fall between the age group of 25-30 years.
The SIT had previously arrested Jalandhar resident Pankaj along with other gang members involved in a fake degree making racket. During his questioning,Pankaj disclosed that he used to procure bank statements of account holders in connivance with the three accused. He then supplied the statements to the main Aman Bhalla,proprietor of AB Overseas Services,Sector 11 Panckhula who was also under police custody.
Immigration firm owner held
The SIT also arrested Zirakpur resident Rajeev Sharma (45),owner of Suvidha,an immigration agency operating from Sector 22. He was arrested in a previous case registered by the SIT. He used to provide fake degrees of various universities in lieu of payment. The police also recovered a few degrees and fake documents from his possession. He has been taken on two days remand. Some document were recovered from his possession which mentioned the rates at which various degrees were supplied.
Profiles of accused
Rahul Tandon (30)
A graduate who worked as a manager in HDFC Bank,Choti Baradari Jalandhar. He used to provide bank statements of account holders to Pankaj.
Chetan Gulati (25) Worked as a manager in Axis Bank,Ladowali Road,in front of Suvidha Centre,Jalandhar. Like Tandon,even he provided Axis Banks account statements to Pankaj.
Rohit Sachdeva (25)
A Bachelor of Commerce graduate and a MBA. Was employed as a manager at HDFC Bank,Jalandhar. He introduced Pankaj to Gulati for providing bank statements.
All of the accused have been sent to two-day police remand.
Bhalla had disclosed they used bank statements of genuine account holders for sending people to UK and Canada on tourist visas. A person of the same name as that of the aspirants who wanted to go abroad,was traced in HDFC and Axis banks. Their statements were used as original document of the aspirant having the same name.
Sachdeva was working with HDFC Bank,Chotti Baradari,Jalandhar,and was supplying bank statements to Pankaj,who had also worked with him. As Sachdeva and Gulati were school chums,he introduced Pankaj to Gulati when he (Sachdeva) switched jobs. Gulati started supplying bank statements Axis Bank account holders to Pankaj.