Conman not an IIT graduate: Police

A tean from Oshiwara police that was sent to Kharagpur in West Bengal to verify the educational background of a man who claimed that he was a NASA scientist,have found that his claims are false.

Written by Megha Sood | Published:May 14, 2012 3:58 am

A tean from Oshiwara police that was sent to Kharagpur in West Bengal to verify the educational background of a man who claimed that he was a NASA scientist,have found that his claims are false.

Atul Sharma,41,had told the police that he had graduated from IIT-Kharagpur in 1991. He has also been telling investigating officers to send an e-mail to NASA headquarters to verify his claims. Sharma said that he had worked for the artificial intelligence and space robotics department in NASA for a brief duration.

“It was not possible for us to send a mail to NASA. However,we had sent a team to West Bengal to cross-check his educational background. The officers who visited Kharagpur have reported that Sharma’s claims were false and that he was not an IIT student,” said assistant police inspector S More.

The police had also contacted the Indian Embassy in the US to find out whether he had been working for NASA,who in turn told them that Sharma had never worked with the agency.

More said that Sharma has cases against him in which inquiries are pending with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police. Officers probing Sharma’s case at Oshiwara police station said that they had been contacted by EOW officers last week for information on the accused.

Last month,a 40-year-old doctor had registered a police complaint claiming Sharma met her through a matrimony site. She alleged Sharma offered to marry her saying he was an IIT graduate and had worked with NASA as a scientist. He then allegedly told her he was going to be get the Nobel Prize.

He allegedly showed the woman morphed photos with Barack Obama and George Bush,and told her to invest Rs 25 lakh in property at Panvel which he claimed he could get at low price as he had connections with government officers.

The woman had allegedly given Sharma Rs 25 lakh,after which he had disappeared.

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