Two men, including a former additional private secretary to several Union Ministers, allegedly involved in bagging government contracts, particularly from the paramilitary forces, on the basis of fake bank guarantees and audit reports, have been arrested by the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police. One of the accused used to masquerade as an Indian Administrative Officer to gain access to the corridors of power.

Accused Shambhu Prasad Singh (49) claimed to have worked with the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, the Minister of State for Communication, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers in previous governments. The vast exposure he got while working in different Ministries gave him the confidence to pose as a high ranking IAS officer.

The breakthrough in the case was achieved after a Delhi branch of Syndicate Bank, while verifying five bank guarantees worth Rs.38.83 lakh submitted by two companies--Dynamic Shells India Private Limited and Sai Baba Builders and Consultants Private Limited–to the Assam Rifles, discovered that they were forged.

“These companies were in the business of supplying pre-fabricated shelters to the Assam Rifles, the Border Security Force and other paramilitary forces. The Directorate-General of Assam Rifles had in June 2011 requested the Syndicate Bank to crosscheck the authenticity of the bank guarantees.

Police investigations revealed that the financial statements and audit reports submitted by the companies in the tender documents were also fabricated and signatures of the chartered accounts on those papers were also forged. The documents had been submitted under the attestation of Shambhu Prasad and Shyam Sunder Bhattar, said the police.

Both the accused belong to Kolkata and had settled in the Capital.

While Shyam Sunder is an engineer, Shambhu Prasad had started out with a job as section officer with the Planning Ministry in 1988. He also served as additional private secretary to different Central Government Ministers. In 2002, the Central Bureau of Investigation had booked him in a disproportionate assets case when he was assistant private secretary to the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers. The case is pending trial.

Last year, the accused had duped a Gujarat businessman by selling to him a property in Green Park Extension here, showing it to be free from any encumbrances. He had already created a third party interest on the property in favour of a non-government organisation, National Thinker’s Forum, run by him.