Crime Branch arrests bureaucrat for fudging birth record

Crime Branch arrests bureaucrat for fudging birth record
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SRINAGAR: Crime Branch Kashmir on Friday arrested the Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, ARI and Trainings, Mohammad Mehraj-ud-din Khan, for resorting to the change of date of birth in his service records. A case has been lodged against him.
A spokesperson of the crime branch in a statement said they received a communication from government through General Administration Department stating that “as per the available records with the GAD, the date of birth of Mohammad Mehraj-ud-din Khan, KAS, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, ARI and Trainings Department is 09-11-1958 (Ninth November Nineteen Hundred fifty Eight)”.
The government had to issue a notification with regard to the retirement of the said officer which is due on November 2018, the spokesperson said adding that accordingly, the officer was asked to submit his original service book and date of birth certificate vide GAD OM dated 26-12-2017 followed by reminders but despite multiple reminders the officer did not furnish the requisite records.
“However on the basis of available records, the competent authority has approved notification of his date of retirement as 30-11-2018 (Thirtieth November Two Thousand Eighteen). Later on, the officer submitted his original service book in response to GAD communication No: GAD (Legal) F-78/2017 dated 08-03-2018,” he said.
The spokesperson said during the perusal of the service records it revealed/reflected the date of birth of Mehraj-ud-din Khan as 09-11-1961 (Ninth November Nineteen Hundred Sixty One) which is contradictory.
“In view of the contradictory DOB, the matter was referred to the Director Forensic Science Laboratory J&K by GAD for examination. The FSL expert in its report vide No. 148-Doc dated 27-08-2018 opined that the first page of the original service book has been inserted at a later stage and the provisional certificate in the original service book has been pasted on the typed certificate of Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology,” he said.
The accused dishonestly and fraudulently has thus resorted to change of his date of birth and the records on the service book thereof, with malafide intention to enhance his service period by about three years, the CB spokesperson said.
He said the case FIR No. 37/2018 U/S 420, 468 & 471 RPC has been registered in P/S Crime Branch Kashmir and investigation has been taken up.

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