Police on Monday arrested an NGO official who allegedly duped Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) by sending them fake letters bearing the seal of the PMO and the address of BJP president Amit Shah’s office, requesting funds.
Police said 50-year-old Yashpal Singh Tomar, a resident of Shahdara, ran an NGO called Global Need Foundation (G-Need).
He allegedly sought Rs 1.5 lakh from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) through a fax bearing the fake seal of the PMO.
Police seized a fax machine and a laptop allegedly used in the crime and other incriminating material from him.
“We received a complaint from NTPC, stating that their office received a letter through fax from an NGO. The fax bore a request for ‘Corporate Sponsorship of Rs 1,50,000 for Award Ceremony-National Talent Completion for Drawing Poster and Do-It-Yourself Kit, NTC 2014’ scheduled to be held on February 13 at ICCR, Indraprastha. The fax number on the letter was of the PMO’s and it bore an endorsement from the PMO to award the sponsorship. Suspicious, the complainant got it verified from the PMO and found that the letter was fake,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.
“A case was then registered by the crime branch,” Yadav said.
Police said Yashpal had sent similar letters to ONGC in Mumbai and Oil India Ltd in Noida.
Police said Yashpal, an MBA graduate, set up the NGO in 2000 to promote art and science among the youth and children. In 2005, the NGO started a ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Talent Competition’ in Delhi.
The second and third editions of the competition were held in Delhi and, subsequently, in Tripura, Assam, West Bengal and Jharkhand. He would write to various PSUs to sponsor it, police said.
“He felt he could get sponsorship easily if the letter was shown to have been sent from the PMO. He changed settings in the fax machine, manipulating the sender’s address and name. He also printed the BJP president’s office address in the letters,” a police officer said.