The Yerawada police have taken a juvenile suspect into their custody on charges of forging his school-leaving
certificate to obtain a learning licence from the Pune Regional Transport Office at Phulenagar. The police have also identified the agent who helped the minor prepare a duplicate certificate, and will take action against him.
The RTO’s Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector, Sheetal Gosavi (32), has lodged the FIR against the suspects with the Yerawada police. The suspect’s juvenile accomplice and the agent, who worked at the RTO premises, are still absconding. The trio has been charged under sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The primary suspect was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday. He hails from an impoverished family in Karnataka, but had made Pune his home.
Assistant Police Inspector
S S Bendre of Yerawada police station said, “The suspect had applied for a learning licence and had submitted a school leaving certificate, which showed that he was above 18 years of age. The certificate bore the name of Rambhau Mhalgi Vidyalaya of Khed Taluka. When the RTO inspector asked the suspect about his background, he inadvertently revealed the name of the actual school he went to.”
“The suspect is a school dropout and has cleared his fifth grade. When he was interrogated, he revealed the names and numbers of his other juvenile accomplice, and the agent at RTO who helped him forge the certificate. We have
identified the other two suspects too and are investigating the case. We suspect that the agent may have committed such offences in the past as well,” API Bendre said.