Forged signatures of VIPs, VVIPs on the rise: Experts
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 10:55
New Delhi: Forging signatures has become so easy that fraudsters even dared to duplicate those of former presidents and prime ministers, including late Giani Zail Singh and Indira Gandhi, for personal benefits, forensic experts have claimed.

"People duplicate signatures of parliamentarians to get admissions in colleges, avail loans from different banking institutions or to get other benefits," Dr Deepak Handa, forensic scientist in the documentation division, Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) here, said.

"Fraudsters have duplicated signatures of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Shankar Dayal Sharma and Giani Zail Singh to get personal benefits," he claimed.

"Signatures of many parliamentarians that have been forged are under investigations," Dr NK Agarwal, forensic scientist, documentation division, CFSL said.

Giving details about one such case, Dr Handa said, "Four students had duplicated the signature of former prime minister Indira Gandhi to get admission in BITS Pilani. They had produced a letter which had a forged signature of her.

"Things came to light when the institute sent a confirmation letter to the PM office. The PMO was surprised and sent a denial stating that they had not made any such request. After investigations, we found that Indira Gandhi's signature was forged," he said.

Handa said, "Forging signatures of VIPs and VVIPs is easier due to the availability of modern tools. But then it has also become easier to spot the forgery with the help of latest forensic techniques."


First Published: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 10:55

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