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Attempt to forge collector’s signature on documents foiled


Thane :  An attempt to forge revenue documents and obtain bank loan to develop properties was foiled by revenue officials of the district collectorate here, a spokesperson of the collectorate said here today.

Deputy Collector Sandeep Mane told PTI that on September 14, 2015, Axis Bank forwarded documents relating to application for loan submitted by some people.

After studying the documents Mane realised that his signature had been scanned and superimposed on the letter, while enclosures contained an NA order purported to have been issued by then District Collector A L Jarhad on February 19, 2014.

“In fact, during that period P Velrasu was district collector and this confirmed that documents annexed to the bank loan application were forged,” Mane said.

He said that the matter was taken to district collector Ashwini Joshi who directed the local Bhiwandi tehsildar to probe the case.

Officials who visited the spot the next day found that the work on plinths and columns had been undertaken.

After they enquired with land owner Pandit Sripad Keni, they were told that two people from Thane, namely Raju Phatak and Lahu Patil had approached him for development of a plot, which he gave for development for Rs 15 lakh.

About an year ago, they gave him with all “relevant” papers relating to the plot, he told the investigating team from the collector’s office.

After due verification, the Bhiwandi tehsildar filed a criminal complaint against the three, it was stated.

Bhiwandi tehsildar Vaishali Lambate told PTI that she had lodged a complaint Section 420, Section 467, Section 468, Section 471 as well as Section 420 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code at the Narpoli police station.

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