Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: The Peroorkada police on Tuesday morning arrested a 35-year-old roller-staking instructor on the charge of forging the signature and letterhead of Chandrasekhara Panicker, the Chief Minister's special private secretary.

The police identified the accused as Sudan, chief instructor, Golden Arrow Roller Skating School, Peroorkada.

According to the police, Sudan had recently approached Mr. Panicker with a request to make Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan the chief patron of his roller skating school.

The accused also requested the Chief Minister's presence at the inaugural ceremony of a State-level roller skating competition he was planning to organise in November this year.

Letter pad duplicated

Mr. Panicker wrote back to Sudan on his official letter pad that the Chief Minister had agreed to both the requests. The police case is that Sudan duplicated the letter pad and signature of Mr. Panicker using a computer.

The forged documents were used for sending letters to business firms seeking financial assistance and sponsorship for the proposed roller skating event in November. The managing director of Kerala Power Finance Corporation received one such letter.

Financial aid

The fraud came to light when the managing director crosschecked the request for financial assistance with the Chief Minister's private secretary.

Mr. Panicker brought the matter to the notice of Inspector General of Police Arun Kumar Sinha who ordered an investigation. The police arrested Sudan on the charge of cheating and forgery under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.