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Senior IPS officer in MP ‘fudges’ birth date; CM orders inquiry

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Bhopal: An inquiry has been ordered against senior Indian Police Services (IPS) officer PK Mathur, after it has come to light that the officer ‘fudged’ his date of birth to extend tenure of his service by three years.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered the inquiry, to be done by a director general (DG) of police rank officer, against Mathur, who is currently posted as inspector general (IG) at the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB).

The matter reportedly came to light last month, when the state home department issued the list of IPS officers set to retire this year. Finding that the list did not include Mathur’s name, whose birth date during recruitment was recorded as July 4, 1956, the state police headquarters sought clarification from home department.

The department replied saying that Mathur was scheduled to retire in 2019 as his date of birth according to their records was July 4, 1959. The PHQ upon checking the service records of the officer found that his date of birth had been changed at later date. Driving license and passport were reportedly used as documentary evidence to change the birth date.

Upon finding the discrepancy, the home department issued orders of retirement of Mathur for this July. A preliminary inquiry was however reportedly conducted by the PHQ and found Mathur guilty of fudging his date of birth.

A proposal for departmental inquiry was then forwarded to the chief minister, who approved it earlier this week, sources said. The home minister Babulal Gaur has termed the matter as ‘very serious’ and said appropriate action would be initiated once the inquiry report comes in.