The race to secure a government job in India is tough, and people go to extreme lengths to acquire such employment.
Like this man from Belagavi, Karnataka, who forged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's signature, on a fake recommendation letter to get a government job of a typist.
Sanjay Kumar Uded was arrested last week and has confessed to the crime.
Here's more on this.
Karnataka: Man forges PM's signature for government job
Sanjay crafted fake recommendation certificate from Prime Minister's Office
30-year-old Sanjay had prepared a fake recommendation certificate from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), forging the PM's signature and submitted it to the Karnataka High Court registrar for the job of a typist.
The letter was crafted in a way like it was dispatched from the PMO, and it directed the registrar office to give the job to Sanjay.
High Court officials sent letter to court vigilance for verification
The High Court officials were obviously shocked to notice a recommendation letter from the PM for the job of a typist.
A police officer said, "They suspected foul play and sent the letter to the High Court vigilance to verify it."
He added that the vigilance team communicated with the PMO, and they confirmed that no such recommendation letter was dispatched.
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Sanjay was arrested and taken into police custody for probe
Thereafter, Deputy registrar Rajeshwari filed a forgery case against Sanjay on December 17, following which police registered a case.
A special team arrested him from Belagavi and he has confessed to the crime.
"We have brought him to Bengaluru city and produced before the court. We have taken him into police custody for further probe," the police officer said.
Sanjay had applied for the typist's post in February
Sanjay, who has completed his BSc and a typing course, was currently working in a private firm. He had applied for the typist's post in February. Rajeshwari remarked that he believed he would get the job easily if he got a recommendation letter from Modi.