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Man who claimed proximity to ex-Army chief held for fraud

Shambhu Prasad Singh was supplier to Assam Rifles

A man who allegedly posed as an IAS officer and duped several persons to the tune of crores has been arrested by the police. Shambhu Prasad Singh was arrested Monday from Saket in south Delhi by a team of police officials who were on his trail after a businessman from Gujarat filed a complaint against him.

As first reported by The Indian Express,Singh was booked by Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing for cheating and forgery in February. Singh is not new to controversies — earlier his role had come under the scanner when he allegedly submitted forged bank guarantees of Syndicate Bank totaling Rs 38.83 lakh. A case was registered by EOW in this connection on April 4.

Singh allegedly posed as an IAS officer and used a fake identity card to procure membership of elite clubs in Delhi which were later cancelled.

Police said Singh claimed he had access to former Army chief V K Singh and several politicians and this claim was being verified.

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Along with Singh,his associate and co-accused Shyam Sunder Bhatter was arrested. Singh is the director of the company Dynamic Shells India Pvt Ltd while Bhatter is the director of Ms Sai Baba Builders and Consultants. The two firms were in the business of supplying pre-fabricated shelters to Assam Rifles. Sources in the police said Singh got the deals from Assam Rifles in 2010-11.

It was in 2002 that Singh had his first brush with law when he was arrested by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case. He then fell off the radar until his company’s name cropped up in a letter written by the DG of Assam Rifles to Syndicate Bank in June 2011. The DG wrote a letter to the bank for verifying the authenticity of the five bank guarantees provided by Dynamic Shells India Pvt Ltd and Ms Sai Baba Builders and Consultants.

Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Sandeep Goel said that during verification,the bank guarantees were found to be fake after which a case of cheating and forgery was registered on April 4. Soon after Singh and Bhatter went underground.

“We found out that the financial statements and audit reports submitted by the two companies in the tender financial statements and audit reports were forged. The signatory chartered accountants were examined and it emerged that their signatures were forged on all the audit reports. All these documents had been submitted to the Assam Rifles for a tender to supply equipment,” Goel said. He said during 2010-22,the two had supplied pre-fabricated shelters to both Assam Rifles and BSF.

In February,another case was registered against Singh by Anil Dhanraj Jethani,a businessman who alleged that Singh had sold him a Green Park property worth Rs 5.17 lakh by showing it to be free from encumbrance. The police said that it was only after Jethani paid the money that he came to know that Singh had already leased the property to a third party,an NGO,National Thinkers Forum,which was run by himself.

“The fraud would not have been detected if Singh had not made himself the director of the NGO. He would have pocketed the money but we managed to trace his link to the NGO to whom the plot was leased,” said Goel.

In his complaint,Jethani also alleged that Singh showed him an identity card of the Ministry of Home Affairs and claimed to be an IAS officer. The police said Singh had procured a forged MHA identity card.

The police suspect he used letter pads and forged signatures of a senior official to get the MHA identity card.

BUILDING CONTACTS

ORIGINALLY from Kolkata,Shambhu Prasad Singh started his career as a section officer in the Planning Commission,according to the police.

BETWEEN 1990 and 2002,he worked as additional private secretary with three ministers of state: Bhagya Govardhan,C Silvera and Tapan Sikdar. During this time,he met several politicians and developed contacts.

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IN 2005,he joined the National Productivity Council as an adviser to the DG. Police suspect he may have used his contacts to get the temporary appointment.