Re­tired naval cap­tain held for is­su­ing fake join­ing let­ters

He as­sured them of a con­firmed job in In­dian De­fence forces

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER / Mum­bai

A re­tired cap­tain of the In­dian Navy was ar­rested on Satur­day by the Mum­bai Crime Branch sleuths for al­legedly pre­par­ing fake ap­point­ment let­ters for can­di­dates. Re­tired cap­tain Trine­tra, head of Vishakha­p­at­nam-based Saraswati De­fence Acad­emy, had is­sued fake ap­point­ment let­ters for the post of a can­teen at­ten­dant in ex­change for Rs 6 lakh, said a Crime Branch of­fi­cial.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, in Jan­uary 2018, Trine­tra had given ad­ver­tise­ment for the said post in news­pa­pers. Af­ter the aspir­ing can­di­dates fell for the ploy, they were made to ap­pear for a fake on­line test fol­lowed by a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at King George hos­pi­tal, Vishakha­p­at­tanam. Fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dures, Trine­tra man­aged to pre­pare fake ap­point­ment let­ters un­der let­ter head of In­dian Navy base of Co­laba and then asked Rs 6 lakh each from six stu­dents, mak­ing it a to­tal of Rs 36 lakh. Af­ter get­ting the money, Trine­tra as­sured them of a con­firmed job in In­dian De­fence forces.

The in­ci­dent came to light when six can­di­dates ap­proached the Co­laba naval base for join­ing on Satur­day morn­ing. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter re­vealed the scam and a case was reg­is­tered against Trine­tra.

The Crime Branch have booked Trine­tra un­der rel­e­vant sec­tions of IPC per­tain­ing to cheat­ing and forgery. He was ar­rested on Satur­day morn­ing and will be pro­duced in met­ro­pol­i­tan court on Sun­day for fur­ther re­mand.

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