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No bail for man who posed as cop and promised govt jobs to people

Monday, September 03, 2018
By Bhavna Uchil

Investigations reveal that the man has cheated many persons in this manner

The sessions court last week rejected the bail plea of a man who used to pose as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Crime Branch and con people looking for government jobs.

The man has been booked under Sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to impersonating a public servant, cheating, forgery, making or possessing counterfeit seal, causing disappearance of evidence and criminal conspiracy, among other offences.

The matter had come to light when the father of a youth who had paid the man, Lalit Sawant, Rs 5,75,000, met a person employed in the government department where his son had been promised a job. That person informed him that no such recruitment process was underway in the department.

Bhavin Faldu had completed his Diesel Mechanical course and was on the lookout for a job in either the Railways as an Assistant Loco Pilot or in the BMC. That is when he met Lalit Sawant in October 2016, who allegedly posed as an Assistant Commissioner of Police at the Crime Branch and promised Faldu a job as Loco Pilot in the Railways in sports quota. He asked Faldu to pay Rs 5,75,000 in return for the job, which Faldu did.

Sawant also gave a forged letter of appointment to Faldu which, bearing the seal of the Railways and the signature of the Railway authority, mentioned the joining date as September 1, 2017. But, later Sawant kept giving false reasons for the joining date being delayed. This is when Faldu's father came across a man who worked as a Loco Pilot in the Railways and told him that no such recruitment was taking place in his department. When Faldu made inquiries, he got to know that Sawant had cheated many persons in the same manner and made around Rs 1 crore in this way.

While the complaint was first made with the Borivali police, it was later shifted to the Crime Branch which found in its investigations that five other persons were involved in the racket.

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