Busting a fake employment racket, the CBI has arrested a Railway technician along with his woman associate from Nagpur for allegedly duping over 100 people of Rs.29 lakh by promising employment in the Railways and furnishing appointment letters which were found to be fake.

CBI sources said on Thursday that in 2011 Vijay Patel, a Head Technician at Central Railway and Archana Mehta, a resident of Nagpur, in collusion with a private employment agency and its directors Ramesh Khairwar and Birendra Singh allegedly cheated over 100 people.

The sources said the two accused allegedly lured people with offer of a government job in the Railways and other departments and collected over Rs.29 lakh from them.

They also allegedly provided the victims with fake appointment letters and carried out their medical examinations as well.

A case has been registered under IPC sections relating to criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. Patel and Mehta have since been arrested.

“It was alleged in the FIR that the accused persons have collected Rs.29 lakh through cash and cheques from the complainants in lieu of getting job in the Central Railway.

Thereafter, on completion of the medical examination at Mumbai, the candidates were given fake appointment letters including the complainant,” CBI spokesperson said here. The spokesperson said when complainants inquired with the Central Railway about their recruitment and appointment letter, they were told that the Central Railway has not published any advertisement for such appointments.- PTI