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Jharkhand resident arrested for forging PM’s signature

Jharkhand resident arrested for forging PM’s signature

New Delhi: CBI has arrested a Jharkhand resident along with his accomplice for allegedly forging signature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a letter which claimed he had been invited to organise a musical programme for Independence Day celebrations here.

The two accused Pandit Swaraj Kumar Roy and Suvendu Kumar Burman were produced today before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate here who remanded them in CBI custody till July 27.

Roy, who hails from Bokaro, had sent a letter in May 2015, purportedly issued by the Prime Minister, asking him to organise a classical music programme on Independence Day, a CBI Spokesperson said today.

The letter bearing the forged signature of Modi was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) which was taken aback as no such communication had been issued. The matter was then referred to the CBI for enquiry and the agency registered a case after preliminary investigations.

“The allegations pertain to forgery of signature of Prime Minister of India on a letter purportedly issued by the PMO to the said accused for arranging classical music programme on upcoming Independence Day,” a CBI spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said searches were conducted at Bokaro steel City (Jharkhand) and Bishnupur, District Bankura (West Bengal), on the premises of accused which led to the recovery of a large number of “incriminating forged documents and articles” relating to forgery of the signatures of Prime Minister of India.