A local court today sent Manish Dhar,prime accused in the RLA fake driver license scam,to judicial custody. Dhar had surrendered before the court on November 7 and had been in police remand since.
Dhar is accused of forging signatures and stamps of SHO 34 Sector Police Station and DSP Traffic. Dhar had also used fake stamps in documents used for obtaining fake driving licences for people in lieu of money. Dhar had been on the run and had gone to Bangkok,Delhi and Amritsar since a case had been registered against him.
Dhar was born in Jammu and Kashmir and his family had moved to Chandigarh when he was very young. He had completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management from Sector 42 in 2006 and had been employed as a floor supervisor in Hotel Mountview where he met Mahesh,another co accused in the scam. Mahesh was working as room attendant and the two planned to make money by forging documents for making licenses. The two were in touch with several agents who used to bring prospective customers to them. Meanwhile,Dhars father is a director of a pharmacy school in the region.
Speaking to the Newsline,Kulwant Singh,OSD Vigilance said that the gang was busted during the scrutiny of seized files,pertaining to driving licences,it was revealed that in all the files fake residential addresses were verified through fake stamps and signatures of SHO 34 and DSP Traffic. The vigilance department is now calling the applicants whose files have been seized along with the driving licences.
He added that the two used to charge around Rs 200 to Rs 300 to get a learners license issued without appearing for the test. For a full driving license the accused charged Rs 2000 to Rs 5000.
He further added the accused had not only forged the signatures of various officials,but that also of the applicants. He had even made a fake birth certificate of one of the applicants.
The vigilance investigation has established that over 400 fake driving licences were made in one month and many more were prepared during the past year in the Registration & Licensing Authority (RLA),Chandigarh.
The police have till now registered three cases against all the accused in the case. A total of seven accused including Ramesh Chand and Manvinder Singh,peons in Municipal Corporation (MC) had earlier been arrested in the case.
The vigilance sleuths had also arrested Mahesh and Vikas who were involved in arranging fake residential proofs to obtain driving licenses. Jaswinder Singh alias Jassi,owner of Zamidara driving school in the city was also arrested in connection with the scam.