Delhi Police have arrested a 25-year-old man from Mumbai for impersonating an IAS officer posted as the Deputy Director of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
The incident came to light when the under-secretary (administration) of the CVC filed a complaint in Kotla Mubarakpur Police Station in South Delhi two months ago, alleging that one Vinay Kumar Khatu has claimed to be posted at CVC and has also posted the same on social media to “defraud people on a large scale”.
While investigating the allegations, Delhi Police received information that the accused was in Mumbai and a police team was dispatched to the financial capital.
Police said the accused was arrested and 106 visiting cards with Government of India emblems were recovered from him. The cards were printed in the name of Vinay Kumar Khatu, IAS, Deputy Director-Admin, CVC. The police also recovered a Bar Council identity card from him.
During interrogation, the accused said that he had completed his LLB from Pune in 2004 and started practicing as an advocate at Alibaug Court.
He was also dealing in real estate and was preparing for civil services examination, police said.
“He had told his relatives and friends that he was preparing for the exams and after some time they started asking him about how it went. Since he could not clear any of the examinations, he felt embarrassed and lied to people that he has cleared the UPSC examination,” said Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi South.
A senior police officer said that as of now, only a case of impersonation has been registered against him. “We are trying to ascertain if he cheated any person,” said the officer.
Police said that the accused did a careful study of the workings of the IAS officers in various departments of the government.
“He told his relatives that he is posted as Deputy Director in CVC, New Delhi, as it was difficult for people to trace him in the said department. Thereafter, he got fake visiting cards printed to pass them around. He wrote on social media that he had become an IAS officer and uploaded his videos on YouTube,” said a senior police officer.