原文标题：Engineering student arrested for forging PM’s signature
HYDERABAD: A city-based engineering student was arrested by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team from Delhi for forging the signature of prime minister Manmohan Singh to secure admission in a post-gradute course at the University of Lucknow.
Sources said Farhan Akhtar, a final year student of an engineering college in Himayatsagar, was picked up the CBI team from the college on Wednesday.
Around 5.30 pm, CBI officers took Farhan to the Nampally Criminal Court to produce him before the designated magistrate, but by then the court closed for the day. CBI officials took him to their 'office' and may produce him in court on Thursday.
Farhan, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, reportedly shot off a letter on the letterhead of the PM's Office (PMO) to the University of Lucknow. It was a recommendatory letter directing the university authorities to give him admission in a post-graduate course. In addition to sending the fake PMO letter with the forged signature of the PM, Farhan Akhtar's father Shakeel Ahmed called up LU vice-chancellor in the guise of calling from PMO. "Shakeel Ahmed said that he was an officer in the PMO and asked the LU authorities to reserve a seat for Farhan. Promptly, LU authorities reserved the seat and later sent a compliance letter to the PMO,'' the sources said.
The shocked PMO officials contacted LU authorities and informed them that no letter was sent by the PMO at the behest of Manmohan Singh. The equally shocked LU officials narrated the sequence of events. Realising that there was something fishy in the letter, the PMO directed the CBI to look into the matter.
On investigation, they zeroed in on Farhan studying at the engineering college in Himayatsagar and reportedly picked him up from his college.
Local police and CBI officers were tight-lipped about the case and even refused to give details about the forged letter.
"Promptly, LU authorities reserved the seat and later sent a compliance letter to the PMO" - happens only in India. Ha ha
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Oh God... Extreme steps... Extravagant daring... Did they really think that they are gonna get away with this? Stringent punishment required...
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Mahesh Ved (Mumbai)
Actually it is the Father ,who Ruined the Careear of his Son.He should be Arrested as well.
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Jayakumar Vasudev (kasargode)
This guy has not only put his academic career in jeopardy, he has put himself and his father into all sorts legal tangle. Was this sort of 'artistry' needed for pursuing his education. A branded man for life.
Every politician in the country follow such dubious practices but escape and enjoy whereas this student is unlucky to be caught.
AMARENDRA NATH SRIVASTVA (ranchi)
BY HARD LABOUR,THE BOY COULD HAVE TAKEN ADMISION IN AN ENGEERING COLLEGE OF REPUTE.NOW,THAT PROBABILITY HAS ALSO VANISHED.
I dont see whats the big deal...Sonia aunty has been forging our honourable PM's signature for a really long time and no one bothers to report it.
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Derrick Dias (Goa)
Sending a compliance letter to the PMO is what let the cat out of the bag
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CBI enquiry for a simple forged letter ??, Could've been done by local police too. And no enquiry for cases needing CBI !!! Wow !! Only powerful people has access to CBI, right ?
madrassa buddhi, and hats off to the dad too, now get treatment from CBI
xyz (Delhi) 38 mins ago
Before everything else, first he must be awarded for stupidity as its rare to see such stupid people everyday in our lives.
education system in india need admission get a heavy signature or a heavy pocket rest all would be taken care off
Why should the college reserve a seat for the PM?? It was a loop hole waiting to be exploited. If only our college ensured that merit is the only criteria, then this sort of things will never happen
Umesh Derebail replies to Ani
Unfortunately in India some judges accept forged signature too as evidence, in property cases.
Umesh Derebail replies to Ani
Some favours are obviously bound to be traded in this commercial world. But forging signature is criminal offence.
vishal srivastava (Delhi)
he forged the signature for securing the seat...and was in final year...did the PMO took 3 years to respond....wow. Ek saal aur ruk jaate, banda pass hi ho jata
Veer (Noida, India)
LU authorities has approached direct CBI not local police and finally both locla police and CBI were tight lipped over the matter.
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UP + Muslim = Disaster .......................... This way of life is the reason why people from rest of India are resentful of these scamsters.
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Hang the accused. This muslim scum like his kind are r@ping India everyday and taking it the middle ages.
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It's unfortunate that Indian education system could not provide opportunities to aspiring students who in turn end up finding illegal and totally self destructive methods of obtaining a seat in higher education institutes. This guy should not have taken such a drastic step of forging signature of PM and should be punished as per the law.
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This is very GUTSY, even MaunMohan Singh had to open his mouth and tell the authorities that he did not write any letters, as all of the Indians know, the PM never writes anything, he uses his head to nod, does not speak, lets those under his wings fly, stay put or put the money away in Western banks. What Farhan and his father did goes beyond crime and criminal intent to get admission in an college, this is very dangerous and should be punished by long prison terms.
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