State official had forged court order to become IAS officer, now arrested in Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: The case of a state official who had managed to become Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer by allegedly forging court order, has astonished bureaucracy as well as citizens in Madhya Pradesh.
Santosh Verma, 51, has been arrested now and is in custody for days. The policemen are interrogating him and documents have been seized from his house.
Besides, his mobile phone and other gadgets are also under scanner and would be forensically examined to find how it was planned. Verma is in the custody at MG Road police station in Indore. Earlier, he was posted with Statistics department and was also posted as Deputy Collector.
He had the case against him filed by his former live-in partner. but he forged a court order to hide the info as this case was coming in way of his promotion. Subsequently, he became an IAS officer. In fact, Verma was posted in General Administration Department (GAD) wing of the Madhya Pradesh government, posted at Secretariat.
The woman, who was in live-in relationship with him, had filed a case against him at Lasudia police station in Indore. For promotion and to become IAS officer, the officer is said to have made a false acquittal order with the forged sign of the judge. Subsequently, on the judge's plaint, action was taken and he has now been arrested.
The signatures, seals, that were used for the order are being probed apart from his telephonic chat and conversations with other suspects. It is suspected that many other people were involved and they assisted him in the entire plan--forging the court order that helped him get entry into the 'IAS'.
After arrest, he was remanded to police custody till July 17. Also, a PIL has been filed in the Indore Hight Court bench, demanding that a special investigation team (SIT) be constituted for impartial probe in this case, so that without any fear or favour, the entire conspiracy could be unearthed.