Police on Friday night arrested a stamp paper seller from his shop in Wazirabad for allegedly creating a fake Union Home Ministry document and submitting it to Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam for a new power connection for his rented apartment in D-block of the town of Ardee in sector 52.
Police said the accused, Sanjay Kumar Singh (45), from Basarikpur village in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, lived in the flat without paying rent to the landlord for seven years and also failed to pay the bills electricity, after which the power supply to his residence was disconnected in October last year.
According to police, Singh began living in the apartment from December 2014. “The warrant to leave the apartment ended in November 2015, but he has not yet left. An eviction action filed by the plaintiff is pending in a court in Gurugram,” a senior police officer said.
Police say the cheating came to light when Col. (Retired) Rajendra Singh, owner of Singh’s apartment, reached Gurugram from Bikaner and visited officials from the electricity company in State on December 23 last year to find out how Singh was supplied with electricity when the electrical connection to his residence was already broken. It was then that the officials showed him the application made by his tenant as well as the false documents.
On December 24, the retired army officer filed a lawsuit alleging that Singh forged his signatures to prepare a no-objection certificate to get the power connection in his name because it had been disconnected due to the no -payment of bills.
Police said an FIR was filed against Singh shortly after receiving a response from the Union Home Office on Friday stating that the document submitted with the department’s letterhead to the Public Service of electricity was a fake.
Police say Singh allegedly forged a letter in the name of a certain KP Singh showing him as an officer on special duty to the Union Home Secretary and submitted it to the DHBVN Executive Engineer for having dealt favorably with his request for a new electrical connection.
“The MHA, in its response, informed the police that no such officer named KP Singh actually exists in the ministry,” a senior police officer said.
An FIR was filed against Singh at the Sector 53 Police Station on Friday night under Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating and dishonest inducement to deliver goods), 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (tampering with securities, wills, etc.), 468 (tampering with the purpose of cheating), 471 (penalty for tampering with documents or electronic records) and 472 (making or counterfeiting seals, plates with the purpose of committing a tampering) of the Indian Penal Code.
Singh appeared in court on Saturday, which granted police a day in custody for questioning.
Sector 53 Police Station Officer Subhash Chand said, “We are currently interviewing Singh. The investigation is ongoing.”
Chand said the state electric utility imposed a penalty of ₹1.15 lakh on Singh for theft of electricity after his power supply was disconnected. DHBVN officials said Singh has yet to pay dues.