Night watchman of Thiruvadanai Taluk Office arrested

After the Regional Passport Office (Madurai) recently rejected 29 passport applications which had fake birth certificates attached, the District Crime Branch police here have cracked a fake birth certificate racket with the arrest of the night watchman of Thiruvadanai Taluk Office, and launched a hunt for a retired record clerk and others.

DCB Inspector C.Ganapathy said a team led by him arrested Kalimuthu, the night watchman, who allegedly arranged fake birth certificate to an applicant after receiving money through Subramaniam, who retired as record clerk in the taluk office. Kalimuthu was produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court here and remanded in judicial custody in Thiruvadanai sub-jail on Tuesday.

Subramaniam, who settled in Rameswaram after his retirement four years ago, was writing petitions for those visiting the taluk office in the island. Now he was in Chennai, Mr.Ganapathy said.

He said 29 applicants from C.K.Mangalam, Karangadu, Thondi, S.P.Pattinam and Pasipattinam areas in Thiruvadanai taluk had applied for passport by attaching fake birth certificates from November 2012 to February 2013.

He said the DCB police had registered an FIR on the orders of Superintendent of Police N.M.Mylvahanan after Madurai Regional Passport Officer S.Maniswara Raja forwarded fake birth certificates to him for action.

Mr.Raja had also sent the certificates to the Thiruvadanai Taluk Office to check the veracity of the certificates issued in the name of the Thiruvadanai Tahsildar, he added.

The Headquarters Deputy Tahsildar sent a report to the Passport Officer, stating that they were all fake certificates and the signatures and office seals on them were forged.

Mr.Ganapathy said 28 fake birth certificates bore the name of the Thiruvadanai Tahsildar, while one the name of an officer in the Sub-Registrar Office.

“We will summon all the 29 applicants and arrest all those involved in the racket,” he said.

A case had been registered under Sections 260, 468, 471 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code, he said, and added that after arresting all the accused, the police would charge them under the Passport Act as well.