A computer professional, holding a double master’s degree, was recently arrested by the Mumbai police for submitting an allegedly forged birth certificate in order to get a new passport. The accused already had a passport and had been to a dozen countries.
But he was advised by someone that he could get a better job placement overseas had he been at least five years younger. He then forged a birth certificate to show that he was 32 while he is 38 years old.
The accused had visited some countries in the Middle East and the North African region which have been in the news for terrorism. The stamps on his passport upped the police’s ante and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) was also alerted. So far, it appears that he had travelled to these countries for professional reasons and had been sent by the organization where he worked.
The accused, a Kandivli resident, works for an American corporation which makes hardware systems and software for businesses. He holds a Masters in Commerce as well as a Masters in Computer Applications. The police have withheld his identity.
The police had received his application seeking a passport and sensed something amiss with the birth certificate. The police officers called him over to Kandivli police station and asked whether he had an old passport. But the accused said he never had a passport and had not travelled abroad.
“While checking previous records at the passport section of the police station, officers found that he had attached passport copies as evidence for a character certificate, around six months ago. He was questioned and eventually arrested on August 6 on charges of cheating and forgery,” said a senior police official.
During the inquiry , the accused told the police that he drew a salary of Rs 1.5 lakh per month but was advised that he was capable of making at least Rs 3 lakh. He had made job applications to various companies across the world. But he was convinced that he would not get a good placement unless he faked his age.