The fake challan racket run by an owner of a driving school in the city amounted to Rs 2.25 crore,according to Road and Transport Office (RTO) officials. As a precaution,the authorities are now planning to cross-check 2.40 lakh challans submitted by other RTO agents over a period of two years.
Manoj Jain,who is the owner of Jain Auto Consultant and part-time RTO agent was being investigated by the authorities who detected numerous fake challans submitted by him.
After the fraud was detected,a team of 10 RTO officials from Gandhinagar reached Surat and unearthed the scam from the 7000 fake challans submitted by Jain over a period of two years,which included the registration and taxes on two-wheelers and expensive cars.
The accused allegedly issued fake challans to owners of new vehicles but deposited only a part of the amount to the RTO in Surat.
Cross verification of such challans were not being done by the RTO officials. We will register a police complaint against Manoj Jain in the coming days, said RTO officer M M Makwana.